Nonprofit Encourages Students to Pursue Higher Education

Solana Beach-based Casa de Amistad awarded scholarships to six graduating high school seniors who have shown commitment to the organization and who plan to become leaders and role models in their communities. This is the first year Casa de Amistad has awarded the scholarships, which aim to provide financial assistance to students in their pursuit of higher education. Recipients were awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, as well as a new laptop computer.

All scholarship recipients are from Solana Beach or Encinitas and will be attending a four-year college, community college, or a vocational/technical school. They include: Elvert Vazquez (MiraCosta College), Deyvid Diego (MiraCosta College), Justin Alcaide (Cal State San Marcos), Jessica Bueno (University of California, Davis), Frankie Canseco (Brigham Young University–Idaho), Edgar Vergara (Cal Poly Pomona), and Lesliee Escobedo (University of San Diego).

In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must have been graduating seniors who were enrolled in Casa de Amistad for a minimum of three years and had at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Scholarship Committee Chair Mary Ann Petree said, “Each one of these students deserves to be recognized for how hard they have worked, how far they have come, and for their bright and promising futures.” Casa de Amistad works to provide underserved children and teens in coastal North County San Diego with educational support and character development through mentoring, tutoring, music, and leadership opportunities. Casa de Amistad serves students and families living in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Rancho Santa Fe. Learn more at