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The Inaugural Cottonwood Scholarships

On May 26, 2016, Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation launched a Cottonwood Scholarship Grant Program to benefit graduate students studying at California State University Long Beach in fields related to the history and operations of Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens. The grant program is a function of the evolving partnership between the University and Rancho Los Alamitos.

The two students each received a $2,000 grant to help support their studies and they will undertake an intern project at the rancho in the year ahead.

The 2016 awardees are:

Crystal M. Ferrer

Crystal is a graduate student in Art History, with a concentration in Museum Studies. She sustains a 4.0 GPA and has two bachelor degrees, a B.A. in Classical Flute Performance and a B.A. in French and Francophone studies. As a graduate student she has been involved in a variety of projects including interning with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a full academic year. Recent projects include co-curating and producing an exhibition for the Museum Studies program at the CSULB University Art Museum. Crystal has been awarded a summer internship at the Morgan Museum and Library in New York and will assist with the production of two exhibitions focusing on the works of Wayne Thiebaud and Jean Dubuffet.

Ida Safari

Ida is a graduate student in Art History with a concentration in 19th and 20th Century architecture. She sustains a 4.0 GPA and received her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Central Oklahoma. Ida's particular area of interest is site-specificity and regionalism in 19th-20th century architecture. She believes that architecture is indicative of the culture that created it and is interested in the relationship between architecture and identity. Having been born in the Middle East and raised in the United States, she finds herself drawn to two very different styles of architecture. This binary identity has guided her interests and her research is concerned with regional architecture and its cultural context.

About the Cottonwood Award

Cottonwood Award for Leadership was established by the Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation in 2012 to recognize individuals who have shown significant leadership in enhancing, promoting and supporting the cultural communities of the Southern California Region. This year, the award was presented to Hon. Bob Foster and Nancy Foster. Past Cottonwood Award recipients include Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Julie Knabe 2012, Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill 2013, Former California Governor George Deukmejian and Gloria Deukmejian 2014 and Doug Otto and Freda Hinsche Otto 2015.

About Rancho Los Alamitos

The name "Rancho Los Alamitos" means Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods. The Rancho Los Alamitos name was established in 1796 when the rancho was 167,000 acres owned by Manuel Nieto, a retired Spanish soldier. Rancho Los Alamitos is a place for all time: listed on the National Register of Historic Places twice—as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna and also for its adobe core ranch house c.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens and historic barnyard dating from the early-mid 20th century. In June 2012, RLA opened a new Rancho Center including a permanent exhibition, film and related program facilities that connect 21st century audiences with the powerful story of California, its landscape and its inhabitants throughout time. The restored historic Barns Area recalls the great ranching heritage of Southern California.

Rancho Los Alamitos is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. with school tours and cultural workshops scheduled for weekday mornings. The site is owned by the City of Long Beach. It is operated through the leadership and vision of Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation as a public/private cooperative venture under the auspices of the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Marine.


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