San Diego teen receives $100,000 scholarship from Beyonce and Jay-Z
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) Club member Issac Guerrero has been named the San Diegan recipient of the $100,000 scholarship program, presented by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter. The scholarship program awards one exceptional senior high school student, with financial needs, 100K to put towards their enrollment in a college or university.
Monday morning, Issac Guerrero visited the studio to talk about his big moment and his educational plans after high school.
The event took place at San Diego’s SDCCU Stadium during the artists OTRII Tour on Thursday night. Seventeen-year-old Issac cheered along with 19 other Club members and Club branch managers, unaware of what was in store for him.
“On the Run Tour II recognizes and rewards excellence,” DJ Khaled announced at the start of the concert, “This student joined the Boys & Girls Club seven years ago and has been a mentor and Keystone Treasurer, Vice President and President. Tonight the On the Tour True Scholarship Award goes to Issac Guerrero!”
Issac has been a Club member for seven years at the William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights, the organization’s oldest clubhouse built in 1941. Throughout his years, Issac has been involved with the arts, mentoring younger peers and volunteering in the community.
Under his leadership, Issac spearheaded Club beautification projects at the branch, and has volunteered at a food pantry for the homeless in downtown San Diego. Isaac also raised funds to attend the National Keystone Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015 and was the organization’s Youth of the Year for 2016.
“He is committed to being a responsible citizen and leader in the Club,” explained Branch Manager Ricardo Sandoval, “His actions speak louder than words. He’s the epitome of what Boys & Girls Clubs stand for.”
With this scholarship, Issac intends to combine passion for art and the community to create comic illustrations for literacy programs. Issac currently attends San Diego High School and is enrolled in courses for graphic design, media and illustration. Along with San Diego State University, Issac will be applying to the University of Washington’s School of Art and Design and New York University.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego changes lives through quality youth programs and guidance in a safe, affordable, and fun environment. The Clubs serve kids ages 5 to 18 with its academic achievement, character development, and healthy lifestyle programs at 18 community-based sites countywide, making a difference in the lives of San Diego’s future leaders – today’s youth. For a site serving your community, or to make a donation, please visit www.sdyouth.org.
Founded in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, BeyGOOD is an extension of Beyoncé’s charitable heart. Through impactful dynamic partnerships, BeyGOOD’s mission is to set an example of giving back and paying it forward while empowering others to do the same with what they have in their own communities. BeyGOOD is built on the belief that we are all in this together and each and every one of us can make a difference by giving back.
The Shawn Carter Foundation was founded as a public charity in 2003 by Gloria Carter and her son, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter. Since the Foundation’s inception, over $4MM have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need through the Foundation’s programs: Scholarship Fund, College Prep and Exposure, International Exposure, Professional Development, Scholar Support and Community & Goodwill Programs.