FUTUREBOSS to award $35,000 in scholarships for young entrepreneurs

The California Foundation Fund to award up to $35,000 in scholarships and prizes to young entrepreneurs in San Diego County.

Alliant International University will once again host the Foundation’s FUTUREBOSS Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. The application deadline of February 10th is arriving soon for San Diego’s future leaders.

Selected student finalists will receive a free entrepreneurial education, through a $1000 program scholarship, along with gifts from various sponsors.

Winning student will additionally receive the following scholarships and prizes:

1st place: $1,000 + iPad + Ernst & Young Youth Entrepreneurship Award @Gala Dinner + High School Trophy
2nd place: $500 + iPad
3rd place: $250 + iPad

Last year more than 400 high school students competed to be part of the 30 selected finalists. Thus far, high schools from Sweetwater, Clairemont, Olympian and Point Loma have submitted the most applications.

For the past four years more than 20 corporate, community, educational and government supporters have helped organize the FUTUREBOSS youth entrepreneurship scholarship competition. To date, this program has benefited 623 students of which 120 finalists completed a free non-credit university entrepreneurship course.

This year, assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez will be the program’s keynote speaker at the invitational award ceremony held on March 13th. She will be joined by the program’s co-chairs Mayor Ron Morrison and the Honorary Remedios Gomez-Arnau, Mexican Consul General of San Diego. Student finalists will learn from professional faculty at Alliant International University and will present a business plan to a panel of executive judges.

Finalist will begin the competition at the opening ceremony held at the South County, San Diego County Office of Education building on March 9th at 6:00pm. The awards ceremony will be held at the San Diego Gas & Electric Innovation Center on Friday March 13th at 6:00pm.

The program is coordinated and funded by its title sponsor Wells Fargo Bank and the California Foundation Fund who’s mission is to help break the cycle of poverty through enhanced educational programs and economic development. Students can apply online or view videos and photos of previous FUTUREBOSS events at www.futureboss.org.

About the California Foundation Fund

The California Foundation Fund (CAFF) is an independent 501 C3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and help people prosper. CAFF’s team of executives in educational management, behavioral science, research and financial industries develop and execute a narrow set of high impact and replicable enhanced education programs within culturally similar communities. CAFF fosters collaboration between community based organizations and education institutions to improve and track financial empowerment efforts. CAFF’s current programs in asset development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy were created with the support and supervision of the California Foundation Site Council (CFSC). For donations or media inquiries, please contact (619) 800-0145.

About Alliant International University

Alliant International University is a WASC accredited private university that emphasizes the practical application of theory and research to prepare students for professional careers in psychology and mental health, education, business and management, international affairs, forensic studies and law. Created in 2001 by the merger of two legacy institutions, its combined institutional history in higher education dates back over 100 years. Headquartered in San Diego and San Francisco, Alliant has additional campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Sacramento and Mexico City with accredited programs in Hong Kong and Tokyo. For more details, visit www.Alliant.edu.

About the Award’s Ceremony Keynote Speaker Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena Gonzalez2Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was elected in May of 2013, promising to fight for our state’s working and middle classes, and she hasn’t stopped yet. In her first three months in office, Lorena authored two bills that empowered California’s immigrant communities by providing them safeguards against immigration fraud (AB 1159) and allowing qualified DREAMers who pass the State Bar exam to practice law, regardless of their immigration status (AB 1024). Then, in 2014, Lorena authored historic legislation to allow 6.5 million Californians the ability to earn paid sick leave. When AB 1522 was signed by Governor Brown, California became the first state in the nation to guarantee earned sick days for every single private sector worker.
In her first legislative session, Assemblywoman Gonzalez also passed legislation prohibiting HOAs from fining homeowners for replacing grass lawns with drought resistant landscaping. Lorena authored bills to strengthen consumer protection for people who buy insurance products, created the first workplace bullying training requirement in the nation and ensured that special elections in San Diego will cost less and engage more voters.
The daughter of an immigrant farmworker and a nurse, Lorena learned the value of hard work and determination at an early age. After graduating from public school in San Diego County, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Law Degree from UCLA. She is a member of the California State Bar.