Helping to ease the burden of school tuitions
Annual Scholarship Awards Gala
Oscar Hernandez is an experienced producer and director who has produced both nationally and internationally. She is the founder and owner of Oscia Productions, a full service Production Company, whose expertise includes: SCRIPT WRITING -- SET DESIGN -- THEME CREATION -- LIGHTING -- SOUND -- VIDEO TAPING -- PROJECTIONS -- TELEPROMPTER -- CHOREOGRAPHED PRODUCTION NUMBERS -- AND PROCUREMENT OF TALENT.
Oscia Productions most important tool is an attentive ear. Understanding the client's needs and delivering a memorable unique production is the overall objective.
Educating Young Minds is a reflection of great people working together for the benefit of our most valuable resource- our children. With graduates and those presently attending colleges and major universities across the country, who have received scholarships ranging from $6,000.00 to $12,000.00 each, the staff and crew of Oscia Productions is proud to have produced the EYM Gala since its inception in 1999. We are honored to be associated with an organization that has enhanced the lives of so many of our youth.
We have heard the adage that says, "Children are the future", but I would rather say, "we are the children's future and how we prepare and care for them today will determine our tomorrow ".
OSCIA PRODUCTION ENTERPRISES, INC.
College Scholarship and Laptop Program ñ Now in its 14th year, Educating Young Minds is proud of its Four Year College Scholarship Program. , We continue to support our graduates with college scholarships, ranging from $6,000-$12,000 per student.. Presently we are supporting or have supported students attending schools such as Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, University of Pittsburgh, UC Berkeley, Cal Sate Northridge, USC, Loyola Marymount, Lane College, Cal State Bakersfield, Syracuse, Cal Tech, Savannah College of Arts and Design, Florida A & M, Xavier, Howard, Clark Atlanta University, University of Syracuse, University of Illinois, and many others.
EYM would like to give a special recognition to The Rick Perkins Band and Arlene Kennedy and The Kennedy Tap Dancers who have entertained and supported EYM for many years.
1 st ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 19th 1999 - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Los Angeles In June of 1999, State Farm Insurance sponsored EYM's first annual scholarship awards gala. Supporting sponsors included ACT I, American Express, Maverick Records, Pepsi Cola Company, Mattel, AT&T and many others. EYM honorees included Debbie Allen, Police Chief Bernard Parks, and C.Z. Wilson PH.D. Among the graduating high-school seniors, all but one has graduated from 4-year institutions. One graduate, an EYM student since the 5 th grade, now attends Law school at Northwestern in Illinois where she received a complete scholarship for both Law School and a PHD Program in African American Women's Studies.
2 nd ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 17th 2000 - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Los Angeles
In June of 2000, Act I sponsored the second annual scholarship awards gala. The Gala provided college scholarships for EYM students entering Berkeley , Stanford, Xavier, Howard, the University of Florida , UCLA, USC, the University of Michigan and many others!
The dinner chair and co-chair were Tina Treadwell and Olive McQueen. Janice Bryant-Howyroyd received the Humanitarian Award, Linda Hopkins received the Endeavor Award and Magic Johnson received the Public Service Award.
A special thank you to, Citibank, United Parcel Service, Bank of America, Farmers Insurance Group and American Express, for their financial support.
3rd ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 24th 2001 - The New Otani Hotel
In June of 2001, Chela Financial and The Magic Johnson Foundation sponsored the third annual scholarship awards gala. The Gala supported EYM students attending U.C. Davis, Cal State L.A. , Clark University , Loyola Marymount, Dillard University , Berkeley School of Music, UC Berkeley and many others.
Larry Carroll and Kathleen Bradley were the evening co-hosts. Tina Treadwell of Treadwell Entertainment and Kawanna Myers Brown, President of the Magic Johnson Corporation were dinner co-chairs. Kenneth W. Bentley received the Endeavor Award, Ralph Farquhar received the Visionary Award, Akosua Hobert received the Humanitarian Award, Leon Garr received the Community Service Award and Diane Watson received the Public Service Award
*A Special Thank You to, Bank of America, Buntzel Foundation, Chela Financial, Citibank, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Nestle, Samuel Goldwyn, California Community Fund, and many others for their unwavering support.
4 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 2002-Westin Hotel-LAX
In June 2002, Sweet Lorraine Productions and Chela Financial sponsored the fourth annual scholarship awards gala. A special salute was given to the late Mr. Paul Kennedy ìThe Master of Danceî EYM's 2002 Honoree, for more than 20 years of Humanitarian Service, Public Dedication and Youth Inspiration. Ehrich Van Lowe and Tina Treadwell were this year's co-chairpersons. Larry Carroll and Roz Ryan were the evening's co-hosts.
Thank you, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Nestle, The Lagrant Foundation, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Chela and many others.
5 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 2003 Westin Hotel-LAX
In June 2003, Chela Financial sponsored the fifth annual scholarship awards gala. Larry Carroll and Dierdre Downing Jackson were the evening's host and co-host. Tina Treadwell of Treadwell Entertainment and Kawanna Myers Brown, President of Magic Johnson Corporation were the dinner co-chairpersons.
Congratulations to the 2003 graduation class attending USC, Howard University , University of Puget Sound , Cal -State Fullerton, Savannah College of Arts and Design, Long Beach University and others.
6 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 20th 2004 was held at the Westin Hotel-LAX
Honorees Included: Karen Hill Scott - Co-founder of Crystal Stairs and Sara Finney Johnson - Co-creator of The Parkers and writer, director, and producer. Sheila Frazier and Larry Carroll were the evening's hosts.
A special thank you to Chela, The Magic Johnson Foundation, The John Gogian Foundation, Nestle and Union Bank for your continued support!!!
7 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 26th, 2005 was held at the Westin Hotel-Lax
EYM's honoree for this year's gala was Mr. Percy Pinkney of Senator Feinstein's office. We appreciate and salute our many sponsors who returned to support our efforts.
We would like to welcome our new sponsors Albertsons Sav-on and Coca-Cola to the EYM family. We are looking forward to a growing relationship.
Deborah Collins Coordinator of Educational Programs for Nestle USA and Tina Treadwell President of Treadwell Entertainment were Co-Chairpersons.
Much love to our consistent and loyal supporters The Education Financing Foundaton of California, EYM's Board of Directors, Union Bank, Nestle, The Magic Johnson Foundation, and many others. Without your continued support we would not have been able to grant and /or pledge more than $400,000 in collegiate support.
Larry Carroll and Dierdre Downing-Jackson were the co-hosts.
8 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 25th, 2006 was held at the Westin Hotel-Lax
This gala was full of surprises and entertainment as well as awards. EYM producer Oscar Hernandez and her illustrious team created a spectacular star-studded evening.
Collaborative efforts among entertainers, educators, politicians, sponsors, and the community-at-large proved to be more than worthwhile. More than $250,000 was raised to support EYM collegeñbound students at this year's gala.
Latoya London from American Idol, Bobby Valentino, Kyle Massey from That's So Raven, Christopher Massey from Joey 101, Gospel Artists Mary Mary, Malcolm David Kelley from Lost and the movie Antoine Fisher, Kenya Moore Ms. USA, Davetta Sherwood from the Daytime drama Young and the Restless and many others provided the evenings entertainment.
We would like to welcome and thank our newest sponsor US Bank and honorary Chairperson, Mr. Jheryl Busby. Sponsors included Hollywood Park, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Busby Holdings, Haagen Company LLC, Nestle, Albertsons and Sav-On, Coca-Cola, Union Bank, City National Bank, Farmers F.A.C.T. Companies and many others.
A special salute to EYM Board Members and staff who work with EYM parents and sponsors, daily, striving to save a generation one graduate at a time.
9 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala July 1st, 2007 was held at the Marriott Hotel-LAX
EYM's honorees for this year's gala were actor/producer Mr. Levar Burton and vice-president of community affairs, Nestle USA, Mr. Kenneth Bentley. Honorary chairpersons Rickie Ivie and Eloise Laws led an evening of music, dance, giving, and celebration.
We would like to thank our sponsors Nestle, CVS/Pharmacy, Coca-Cola, the College Access Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, and the Law Offices of Ivie, McNeill, & Wyatt. Your support helps make this all happen.
Our class of 2007 had such wonderful young men and women, we will miss them very much. What futures they have ahead of them! We are so proud of what they have accomplished.
Larry Carroll and Dierdre Downing-Jackson were the co-hosts.
10 th ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
College Scholarship Gala June 22nd, 2008 was held at the Marriott Hotel-LAX
EYM's honoree for this year's gala was the UCLA Black Alumni Association. Honorary chairpersons Bill Duke and David Marshall helped set a fundraising record for our college scholarship program. Over 600 people in attendance spent an evening celebrating the achievements of this year's class.
We would like to thank our sponsors Nestle, US Bank, Farmer's Insurance, GBK Productions, the Africa Channel, CVS/Pharmacy, Coca-Cola, the College Access Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, and Toyota.
Our class of 2008 is off to college, what a challenging, interesting journey they have ahead of them! We are so proud of what they have accomplished.
Larry Carroll and Dierdre Downing-Jackson were the co-hosts of this Oscar Hernandez production. Thank you Oscar for ten incredible years!