Gabriela Chavez

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Gabriela Chavez, a student at Community Charter Early College High School, in Los Angeles, CA, received a 2011 Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship of $1,500 for college tuition.

The Community Charter Early College High School in Los Angeles is one of many in the Los Angeles area run by Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) schools. Gabriela has won school awards for academic excellence in English and World History.

Gabriela notes that her high school is located in a gang related neighborhood. But the environment has never discouraged her path toward a college education. She is proud that her school maintains the goal to help our students in the community to attend college.

The scholarship is named for Susan Steelman Bragato, the co-founder of the first charter school in California and the founder of the California Network of Educational Charters (which was renamed the California Charter Schools Association in 2003). Sue was one the first Californians to recognize the need to build a strong network of support among charter school leaders statewide.