LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2020) – Samuel Dominguez of Downey, Calif., a graduate of Loyola High School of Los Angeles, has been selected to receive The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Los Angeles (OSULA) annual scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year, it was announced today by OSULA President Andre Billups. Dominguez receives a $7,500 scholarship from OSULA towards his first year on the main campus in Columbus, Ohio.
During his high school career, Dominguez was honored by the College Board as an Advanced Placement® Scholar Award winner and graduated from Loyola High with a 3.83 grade point average.
A decorated student-athlete, Dominguez was recognized as football team captain and All-CIF Division IV First Team offensive lineman as a senior, leading Loyola to the Division IV championship game in 2019. After the season, he received the team’s Pat Jacobs Award honoring the senior football athlete who has exemplified four years of excellence.
“I am beyond excited to start my journey at THE Ohio State University,” says Dominguez. “I chose OSU because of its stellar engineering program, the relationship with the beautiful city of Columbus, the contagious school spirit, and the broad global alumni network. I fell in love as soon as I stepped on campus. I can’t wait to get started as a Buckeye and I am extremely grateful to OSULA Alumni Club for this scholarship.”
Out of the classroom and off the football field, Dominguez was active in community service, including serving as his football team’s ambassador for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) program, a national non-profit whose goal is to educate and empower athletes to eliminate racial discrimination, promote social justice, and improve race relations.
“I facilitated weekly meetings with the football team and moderated discussions on the topics of racial inclusion and social justice,” Dominguez recalls. “As a result of my involvement, I have become much more aware of how social injustices are still taking place in communities today.”
Those efforts helped propel him to recognition by the Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP), Ohio State’s premiere diversity/merit scholarship program, rewarding academically talented students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership, service and social justice activities. Dominguez will receive the MSP Prominence Scholarship heading into his freshman year, in addition to his scholarship from OSULA.