The Lakewood Pan American Association’s annual scholarship program is now accepting applications. Current high school seniors who live in Lakewood are eligible, regardless of where they go to school. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 and are provided to help pay future college or trade school costs. About 12 scholarships are provided each year. (Photo: 2015 Pan Am Association Scholarship winners.)

Students who have overcome adversity, made significant contributions to their schools and/or community and excelled academically are encouraged to apply by the Friday, March 18 deadline. Applications are available at and at Lakewood City Hall. For more information, call Alex Bauman at 562-866-9771, ext. 2417, or Joe Arambel at 562-421-0676.

Scholarship recipients will serve as Pan American Ambassadors during Lakewood’s week-long celebration of Pan American friendship in early May. Since the scholarship program began in 1999, more than $130,000 in financial aid to students has been provided.

This article was originally posted on the City of Lakewood website.