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This is an historic moment for Heart of Los Angeles and the young adults connected through the College Success program. Not only has HOLA received the largest gift in its history, the gift itself made international history as well. When Sotheby’s sold the Cy Twombly’s Untitled (1968) at $70.5 million Wednesday evening at an auction, a $5.88 million college scholarship fund for HOLA alumni became effective from The Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice (AIFSJ).

It is estimated that over 200 HOLA students will benefit from the Irmas Scholarship Fund (ISF) from the graduating Classes of 2016-2022. Executive Director Tony Brown states, “This powerful contribution to our scholarship fund is so truly an investment that will ensure that more kids living in poverty will be able to break that cycle and realize their potential. This is a great day for the City of Los Angeles!”

HOLA alumni represent over 82 colleges across the nation, including all nine of the University of California campuses, Yale University, Brown University, UPenn, Kenyon College, and Smith College. Currently, 98% of our tracked scholarship recipients from the classes of 2012 and 2013 are still enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college.

The ISF will insure financial help to future HOLA graduates, empowering them to remain in college and attain degrees.

We thank the Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice for the belief in our kids’ and their greatest potential. It is only with this kind of support that allows us strengthen our pipeline and widen our reach, advocating for even more disadvantaged youth in pursuit of their best selves.


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