College Scholarships

"The Wooten Center has assisted me in going to college through their SAT-prep workshops and paying for college through their Ron Glass Memorial Scholarship. I will forever be eternally grateful for their guidance through my high school and college years." 

Grace Nyenke, Wooten Alum / UC Merced, journalism student

The great news about college scholarships is that, unlike student loans, they don't have to be repaid! There's many sources for finding scholarships, including high school counselors, college financial aid offices, fraternal organizations, and chambers of commerce and other business or professional associations.

Search by categories such as city of residence, grade level, career, ethnicity, gender, religion, and extracurriculars. And you don't have to be a top student to qualify for many. In fact, they want to support you in improving and achieving your goals!

Search for scholarships at the following links and don't forget to apply for our Ron Glass scholarship below!

Scholarships from Wooten partners:

Southern California Council on Black American Affairs

This $250 scholarship is to benefit high school students who participated in the SCCBAA mentoring program in partnership with the Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center. The scholarship application consists of questions and an essay. The 250-500 word essay should be written in a separate document and uploaded with the application. Applications are due June 1. Winners will be announced by the end of June.

Fill out application here.

Ron Glass Memorial Scholarship



Reference Form


About Ron:

Ron Glass was a member of our board of directors for 23 years, from 1993 to 2016. He served until his passing at age 71 from respiratory failure. While chairman of the board for 12 years from 1993 to 2005, Ron helped guide our efforts purchasing our buildings, establishing our annual dinner and golf fundraisers, and encouraging SAT and other college-prep activities continued today under our MyCollegeTrek program. Our board voted to establish this scholarship in honor of Ron's passion for seeing young people go to college.


Ron Glass had a double major with BA degrees in drama and literature from the University of Evansville, Indiana, where he was born in 1945. He was an acclaimed actor starring in TV shows such as Barney Miller and Firefly and films such as Serenity, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral. He was the voice of dad Randy Carmichael in Rugrats.

About the Scholarship:

  • Who Can Apply? High school seniors and community college students accepted as undergraduates to community colleges or universities; not open to graduate students

  • Can Previous Ron Scholars Reapply? Yes, with minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or good progress

  • Deadline: June 15

  • Decisions: August

  • Scholarship Amount/Award Date: The amount awarded is based on student need and could range from $250 to $7,000 or more, depending on available funds. Scholarships will be distributed to your college in the fall. Your college will post the award to your account and add to your disbursement schedule.

  • References: All applicants must have at least one person complete our online Reference Form. Reference letters are not accepted. Must be a teacher, counselor, coach, employer or other non-family member familiar with your academic, service, leadership, extracurricular, employment and other experience.

Attachments Required:

  • Your financial aid award letter confirming your estimated "need" (Very important to show need as estimated by your school's Finance Aid Office. Contact them if you cannot find it in your portal.)

  • Full transcripts from all schools. Must show cum GPA and grades for all coursework, including transfer.

  • Be sure to submit grades for your final semester or quarter before our July scholarship committee meeting. The committee cannot consider your application if your final grades are not received in time.

  • Recommendations submitted separately by your references (see reference form link below to give to them)

Instructions for Students:

Provide as much detail as possible on the Student Application to be competitive. Items with asterisks are required. Respond to as many questions as possible, even if they are not required to provide a broader picture of your accomplishments and interests. The more detail, the more competitive.

Instructions for References:

Provide as much detail as possible on the Reference Form to help the student be more competitive. We are looking for overall experience in academics, service, leadership, work and volunteer experience, etc. so please share what you know about their success in each one. Thank you for your support for them.


For questions or comments, call Naomi at 323-756-7203, or go to Contact to send her an email.

Congratulations to the following 2020 scholarship recipients:

Natalia Cormier, $2,000

Taledega College, Alabama

B.A., Criminal Justice

Lawyer and Judge

Monaye Eason, $1,000

Central State University, Ohio

B.S., Business Administration

Owner, event planning company

Luis Granados-Ochoa, $1,000

UTI or Cerritos College, Norwalk

A.A., Auto Mechanics

Automotive technician

Seania Johnson, $2,000
CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson

B.S. Biotechnology

Delivery nurse or pharmacist

Delight Oludimu, $1,500

CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson

B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology


Jamiah Smith, $250

LA Harbor College, Wilmington

A.S., Nursing


Ron Scholars Recently Graduated:

Congratulations to Ron Scholar Lorena Casillas who graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies and minor in film, television and digital media. Lorena received Ron scholarships in 2017 and 2018 and went on to obtain an MS degree in journalism from USC. She is currently working as a bilingual digital news producer for NBCLA and Telemundo. We are very proud to have supported her.

Scholarship Committee:

Thank you to our scholarship committee members for their selections: John and Evelyn Lapham, Laurie McCarthy, Paul Wetmore, Dr. Connie James, Dr. Scott Miller, Naomi McSwain