Newport Students Receive $20K Scholarships from Balboa Bay Club

The scholarships were given to Andrew Mather, Ariana Naaseh, Brent Lawson and Allyson Brahs by the 1221 Club Foundation, the Balboa Bay Club's philanthropic organization. Student Sharon Shaoulian also received a $1,000 scholarship.

A handful of stellar high school seniors from Newport Beach received a nice chunk of money this week to help them further their future.

Newport Harbor High School student Andrew Mather and Corona del Mar High School students Ariana Naaseh, Brent Lawson and Allyson Brahs each received $20,000 from the 1221 Club Foundation, the Balboa Bay Club’s philanthropic organization. The group handed out 11 scholarships totaling more than $100,000, with the other winners coming from schools in Costa Mesa.

"As of this June, The 1221 Club will have awarded over $728,000 over this 19 year period," said Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who founded the club in 1993.  

The students were nominated by principals, counselors and teachers in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. After the nominations were submitted, each of the students were interviewed by a panel consisting of BBC’s Board of Governors.


  • Andrew Mather has taken Honor and AP level classes and a college level Astronomy course in the 9th grade. Andrew participated in a student training program at the University of Iowa where he was able to perform research in Computational Biophysics, and is currently doing an internship at a local university with Molecular Dynamics simulations. He will be attending Stanford in the fall, majoring in Computer Science.
  • Ariana Naaseh has taken primarily AP and Honors level courses, including four AP courses in her senior year. She is among the top five percent of her graduating class. Ariana is a part of the National Honor Society and has interned at UCI Medical Center in the Pathology and Neuropsychiatric Research Departments. Ariana will be attending University of California Berkley in the fall, majoring in Cogitative Science.
  • Brent Lawson has taken primarily Honors and AP courses and will graduate in the top 15 percent of his class. Brent was given an Academic Letter with Honors last year and was selected from his Honors Chemistry teacher to be the recipient of the Sea King Pride Award. He was voted as Most Valuable Player by CdM High School, Pacific Coast League, CIF Southern Division and the Daily Pilot. Brent also participates in the Best Buddies program on campus, and volunteers in the community. Brent will be attending Yale University, New Haven Connecticut in the fall majoring in Economics.
  • Allyson Brahs was awarded an Academic Letter with Highest Honors last year and is a commended student for National Merit. Allyson has also been on the Principal’s Honor Roll each semester at CdM, acknowledged for being a CIF Scholar Athlete and earned a perfect score award for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District STAR test. Allyson has been involved in National Charity League since she was in 7th grade. She will attend the University of Washington in the fall on a soccer scholarship and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

The E. Morris Smith Governors Scholarship was started in 1998 by Mr. Smith and his wife Ramona. For the past 13 years, the couple has donated a total of $63,500. For the past two years, Ramona Smith has increased the donation to $20,000 for two students.



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