Rep. Karen Bass (File photo)

Notable professionals and outstanding students will be recognized at the 44th Annual Scholarship Awards and Fundraiser Luncheon sponsored by the 10th Council District Women’s Steering Committee. 

According to WSC President Jacqueline Nunn, the gala event takes place on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m., in the Proud Bird Restaurant’s Tuskegee Room, 11022 Aviation Blvd. in Los Angeles. The theme is “Embracing and Inspiring the Future via Education – Women – Diversity.”    

Elaine Gibbs and the Nu Soul Band will perform. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of First AME Church will deliver the invocation. The event also includes a silent fine arts auction, vendor booths and an opportunity drawing. 

Stephanie Wiggins (Courtesy photo)

“We encourage the greater Los Angeles community to join us as we salute the achievements of four dynamic women along with presenting $1,000 scholarships to five high school seniors,” said Nunn.  “The accomplishments of these people will definitely uplift your spirits and motivate people of all ages to never give up on your dreams.” 

 Congresswoman Karen Bass will receive the Outstanding Achievements in Politics award. Currently the leading candidate for mayor of L.A., Bass has attained nationwide stature representing California’s 37th congressional district. She also served six years in the California State Assembly. 

Jacquelyn Dupont Walker (File photo

Jacquelyn Dupont Walker will be honored with the Trailblazer of the Century Award.  A longtime community advocate and civic leader, Dupont Walker is executive director of the Ward Economic Development Corporation, which operates several housing complexes for seniors and formerly homeless veterans.  She is also a general board member of the international AME Church and serves as  1st vice chair of the Metro Board of Directors.  

An Outstanding Leadership and Achievements Award will be presented to Lydia Cincore-Templeton president/CEO of the Children, Youth and Family Collaborative; and Stephanie Wiggins, president/CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). 

Lydia Cincore-Templeton (Courtesy photo)

Cincore-Templeton, an attorney specializing in youth and family law, is nationally known for developing innovative, community-based solutions to meet the needs of at-risk young people. Wiggins is the first woman and first Black woman to head the massive transit agency. Previously, she was the chief executive officer of Metrolink, deputy CEO of Metro, and regional programs director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission. 

 The students receiving awards are Naima Davis of Dorsey High School, who will attend CSU-Northridge; Taylor Haywood of Los Angeles Center for Enrichment Studies, who was accepted at Southern University; Kylie Ross of Dorsey High School, also entering Southern University; Jayden Sanders of St. Monica Catholic School, committed to Jackson State University; and Francois Jeannot of Los Angeles High School, who is destined for CSU-Northridge. 


Elaine Gibbs (Courtesy photo)

Acknowledging the event sponsors, Nunn added, “We extend special thanks to the West Basin Municipal Water District, L.A. Department of Water and Power, US Bank, McDonald’s, The Proud Bird, L.A. Metro, and the L.A. Sentinel.  Without your support, this program would not have been possible.” 

Tickets are available on Eventbrite