Taylin Robinson a former BASC Foundation award winner is graduates from FIDM this spring with a visual communication degree. Robinson helped present the award to Andrea Pimental at the Senior Awards night May 29th at Pacifica High School.
Message From Andrea Pimental
My Name is Andrea Pimentel and I love the culinary world! I grew up in a Hispanic home with one older sister and two younger brothers. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved cooking and baking. Growing up I knew that I was going to pursue culinary as a career because I wasn’t like all my friends, they were constantly changing their minds about what they wanted to be when they grew up, but I was determined to becoming a chef. I have always been very committed and very involved in my school and community. During my 4 years in high school I played Softball, ran with the girl’s varsity cross-country team and did track and field while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. I’m happy to say that I was part of the Culinary Arts Academy because they kept me on track with my school work and inspired me to continue pursuing my dreams. As time passed, I realized I was getting closer to making my dream come true. The pressure was on to start picking a school to go to, and a specific career path to take. Comparing and considering many culinary schools I finally picked and got accepted to Santa Monica’s Art institute’s to get my Bachelor’s in Culinary Management. My parents were a little disappointed that I wasn’t going to a UC or a CSU, but glad that I was still going to continue my studies somewhere where I was passionate in. Chasing your dreams can sound like something easy to do if you have determination and ambition, and I had that! But I encountered some trouble. I was accepted and all seemed good but then reality hit me and I thought, “How in the world am I going to pay for this school?!” I wasn’t going to get any financial help from my parents because my dad is just a low-income field worker, and my mom doesn’t have a job. I started thinking twice about this school and considered the option of maybe just going to a community college where I was able to pay with just my financial aid… but I was not giving up on this dream that I’ve been working so hard for! I started applying to many scholarships one which happened to be offered by the BASC Foundation. I didn’t think I would get this $5,000. I was relieved to know that I had someone to back me up on my dream! And most of all thankful to everyone part of the BASC Foundation that helped raise this money. I can never thank the BASC Foundation enough for allowing me to pursue my dreams. It is because of them that the culinary world is now open to me. Thank you Mr. Fargo and the BASC foundation!
About the BASC Foundation
The BASC Foundation has been actively rewarding students who are choosing to be in charge of their own careers. The 501 (c ) 3 educational non-profit, founded by its director and CEO, Mark Fargo, social science teacher at Pacifica High School. The foundations main prupose is to help provide critical financial support for those who make are lives easier.