By Manny Orzco
Shashana Dent, a former LBCC student, transitioned from foster care to a student at CSU Fullerton with the help of the Long Beach Giving Project’s Justin Rudd Foundation.
Nancy Yoho, the Gateway to greatness manager, said the purpose of the foundation is to give “less fortunate students a chance of a future in their education. It was established to fulfill the needs of these young individuals.”
With the help of the foundation, Dent was able to get a loan for her tuition and books, in addition to being able to afford a new car she can use to drive her younger siblings to school.
Dent said she was really grateful when the Rudd Foundation contacted her and informed her about the money and she spoke about her story during a dinner for the Long Beach Giving Project.
After her speech, a representative from CSU Fullerton informed her about the school and she immediately accepted the offer to attend the university.
Rudd has dedicated his life to helping children and has developed the Community Action Team (C. A. T.) in Long Beach, which has produced quality events in the community that benefits children, animals and the environment.
“My motto is ‘explore, dream, discover.’” Rudd said, “I want to explore, dream and discover as much as possible in my life on Earth. I want to help folks find something new to do and experience,” he added.