13 Oakland Students Receive Port of Oakland Scholarships

The 2014 Port of Oakland Employees' Scholarship Program recipients gather together with Port executives Chris Lytle, Executive Director, (back row left side) Amy Tharpe, Director of Social Responsibility (third from left, second row), Joe Wong, former Deputy Executive Director (second from right, first row), and Chuck Foster, former Executive Director and Program Founder (right side, back row) and Scholarship Committee members, Pamela Bell (front row, right side), Ramona Dixon (fourth from right side), Anita Brooks (back row second from right), Barbara Sheppard, Kristi McKenney, and Gina Porter (left side). This is the 20th Year Anniversary of this program that has awarded 356 scholarships totaling $750,000. The 13 scholarship recipients this year received $35,000 in funding.

The 2014 Port of Oakland Employees' Scholarship Program recipients gather together with Port executives Chris Lytle, Executive Director, (back row left side) Amy Tharpe, Director of Social Responsibility (third from left, second row), Joe Wong, former Deputy Executive Director (second from right, first row), and Chuck Foster, former Executive Director and Program Founder (right side, back row) and Scholarship Committee members, Pamela Bell (front row, right side), Ramona Dixon (fourth from right side), Anita Brooks (back row second from right), Barbara Sheppard, Kristi McKenney, and Gina Porter (left side). This is the 20th Year Anniversary of this program that has awarded 356 scholarships totaling $750,000. The 13 scholarship recipients this year received $35,000 in funding.

The Port of Oakland Employees’ Scholarship Program awarded $35,000 in scholarships to 13 Oakland public high school students who are headed off to attend a four-year college, university, community college or vocational school to continue their studies.

The students receiving the scholarships are graduating high school seniors from OUSD and children of Port of Oakland employees who excel in academic performance, community service, and extracurricular activities.

There are three scholarship levels: $1,500, $3,000, and one $5,000 award that were established by the program in honor of its creator, Charles W. Foster.

Chris Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, said to the awardees, “A high percentage of these students are going into science, engineering and business, skills that the Port needs. We’ll see some of you back at the Port as summer interns.”

Since 1994, the Port of Oakland Employees’ Scholarship Program has awarded 336 scholarships totaling $750,000. Employees raise funds through an annual golf tournament at Round Hill County Club and employee contributions made during the Port’s annual Giving Campaign.

“The Port helps the community by helping the individuals who are in the community do their very best,” said Amy Tharpe, port director of Social Responsibility.

Chuck Foster, former Port Executive Director and program founder, was elated about this twentieth anniversary celebration. He told scholarship recipients, “It is incredible what you’ve done, GPA’s of 3.8, 4.0, and 4.5. Go forth and prepare yourselves for the marketplace in which we live.”

“The Scholarship Committee came out of Chuck Foster’s vision”, remarked Joe Wong, former Port Deputy Director.

Past scholarship winner Katie Linderme graduated from Sonoma State University summa cum laude. She challenged the awardees, saying, “Find out where the problems are and fix them.”

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