Reagan Stanton accepts her award at the Long Beach College Promise 3rd anniversary. Award scholarships to 27 deserving eighth graders were handed out. (Brittany Murray / Press-Telegram)

LONG BEACH – When Lakewood High School graduate Jennifer Rios started her first semester at Long Beach City College, she was worried she wouldn’t have the funds to pay for books and classes.

But to her surprise, she received a check in the mail for $338, courtesy of the Long Beach College Promise.

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