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Over $52,000 awarded to the

class of 2024 !!

SupportAbility continues to provide scholarships to high school senior students who have overcome tremendous obstacles.

“All of our dreams can come true- if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

‘SupportAbility’ Offers Scholarships to Students Who Overcome the Odds

THE EPOCH TIMES – August 27, 2021  Updated: August 31, 2021
By Hawken Miller – Printed with permission

When she was 15 years old, Julie Inman collapsed on a Colorado ski slope.

A hemorrhage in her brain resulting from arteriovenous malformation—an abnormal clump of blood vessels—had nearly killed her.

She woke up after life-saving surgery, only retaining the ability to hear and blink. Everything else, including swallowing, talking, and reading, would have to be relearned.

Despite it all, Inman returned to school at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, a year later and graduated in 1984. She went on to get her English degree at the University of Southern California and find a full-time job writing press releases for Grubb & Ellis, a real estate firm.

Now 56, Inman is still unable to walk and her fine motor function is affected, but she’s been on a 21-year mission through her organization, SupportAbility, to help high school students with similar hardships — whether they be physical, environmental, or mental—to attend a four-year university or junior college.

Since Inman founded the organization in 2000, SupportAbility has awarded $1 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students at 15 Orange County high schools and seven in Los Angeles County.

“To a lot of the kids, it makes a huge difference,” Inman told The Epoch Times from her home in Irvine, California. “The award really helped them feel like they could continue with college and be successful, and someone recognized them.”

(READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE)

Paintings like this one painted by Julie were sold. A new way to donate! (Check out our new page – Art for a Cause.)

2024 Reception will be June 12 @ the Santa Ana Country Club. Below are pictures of last year’s reception.

 Mary Hickey shows her latest purchase to fellow Board member, Katharine Trotter at the Shelby Auto Museum.

Recipient from 2022 celebrates at our recent reception in 2023.   

Past recipient and college graduate, Christain Villameuera, poses for a picture with Board member Patti Inman.

What is SupportAbility??

SupportAbility is a grassroots 5o1c3 non-profit corporation. We want to give deserving  and challenged high school seniors recognition, praise and encouragement. We give the Julie Inman Courage Award (this year there were 50 plus given), 12 Memorial awards set up by family members and again offering the Carol B. Mooney Courage Scholarship. Every four years we are able to offer a $100,000 scholarship to a four-year college or university.

We are receiving donations from our Appeals Letter – over $25,000 is our goal! Help us!! All donations are appreciated no matter their size and are tax deductible.

Established in 2001 – Celebrating the class of 2024!

Over $51,000 given by The Julie Inman Courage Awards!!  Our Memorial Awards totaled an additional $7,000! So happy and proud!!!

      Last year at our reception  –  Hand-painted greeting cards by Julie, four for $20. are being sold! This fundraiser has been extended indefinitely! Order thru Julie first at [email protected] – now accepting Venmo!

Blake Tomalas from Newport Harbor High at our 2023 Reception.

“Courage is the most important of the seven virtues!”

Mya Angelou

Appeals Letter

We will send our Annual Appeals Letter in November. Please email Julie, [email protected], to be placed on our mailing list.

Awards & Memorials

1.The Julie Inman Courage Award – this was our main event.

Awards are presented to high school seniors who have fought tremendous obstacles in order to graduate. In 2024 we were pleased to award over 52 very courageous high school seniors!

Memorial Awards

 Memorial Awards are given by family members to honor their loved ones. We administer these awards at their Alma Mater. It is their legacy!

The Max Garrick Jr. Memorial Courage Award is given to a student who has a love for learning or is going into law. Max was a huge supporter of SupportAbility.  In 2022 Andi Garrick chose Daisy Mosqueda from Santa Ana High.

A past recipient, Ariana, just passed the Bar and is now practicing her trade!!

The Michael Motherway Memorial Courage Award is presented each year at Mater Dei High School. Michael passed away after battling ALS. He is a Mater Dei Alum. Dr. Julia Motherway chose Erin Gomez and Nicholas Califato.

The Jane Noebel Memorial Courage Award is given out at Mater Dei High School where Jane’s three children graduated. Jane passed away suddenly from cancer. In 2024 Barry Noebel Erin Gomez.

The Dr. Edward Garr Memorial Courage Award was set up three year. Dr. Garr’s Award is given out at Mater Dei High School to a student going into the medical field. In 2024 Bunny Garr chose Erin Gomez.

The Dorey Madrid Memorial Courage Award is given at Troy High School. Dorey was a much loved English teacher.  She battled cancer for four years. Our award is given to a cancer victim or survivor. In 2024 Glen Madrid, Dorey’s husband, chose Somali Gupta.

The Sue Herndon Memorial Courage Award began this year. Sue was a wonderful woman who passed away too soon. Her Award went to Ava Hutton and Samantha Garcia.

The Jon Pomeroy Memorial Courage Award My beloved uncle passed away far too soon! It was his charitable work that inspired me to start SupportAbility years ago!! His award is new this year and will be given to a very deserving student. It was awarded to Cesar Galvin and Carlos Flores.

All of the Julie Inman Courage Award recipients and those who receive memorial awards are eligible for book money and future mentorship, support and friendship. Just ask …

Three SupportAbility Scholarships in 2023

Announcing Our College Scholarships – offered every four years

The Carol B. Mooney Courage Scholarship – Carol Mooney is a retired teacher from Villa Park High School where we have a student club established by long-time contributor Barbara Barnett. This year Morgan Saffer from Villa Park High School will receive the $1500 Carol B. Mooney scholarship for her courage

Last year – 2023

This year we were honored to give this scholarship to “C” Heis from Long Beach Poly. She is going to UCSD in the Fall to study Political Science. An anonymous donor made this four-year $100,000 scholarship possible. The Four-Year SupportAbility Scholarship has been awarded to two physically disabled students. They have been awarded $25,000 a year for four years. The previous two students were also very deserving: one having a severe eye disability and the other a rare heart condition. They chose different universities. One chose University of Southern California and the other chose Cal Poly Pomona. A very complete interview process helps the Supportability Board of Directors to choose the recipient.

They are asked to stay in contact with us, send us their grades and transcripts and keep us posted as to their progress. Supportability is able to send them book money per their request.

All of the candidates were so outstanding SO …

We established our own scholarship funded by SupportAbility. It is different from our award which is given only once. This scholarship is given for 4 years. It will Not be offered again until 2028.

Connor Tong from Troy High in Brea will receive $10,000 a year.

Leah Von Rotz from Mater Dei will receive $5000 a year.

Blake Tomales will receive $1000 a year for his courage.

2018 scholarship recipient Bich at her surprise party with SupportAbility. She graduated in 2021!!

Now has her Masters in Public Health and working for a local non-profit corporation that helps

women in need in South Central L.A.

Hayley, our 2019 recipient, is celebrated by Julie at SupportAbility’s surprise meeting.

Hayley is finishing her senior year!

Meet C, our CURRENT 2023 SupportAbility Scholarship recipient. She will be attending UCSD in the Fall. Her major will be Political Science.

It is our hope that recipients will stay in touch with us, pay it forward and one day mentor other recipients by attending fundraisers!

Participating High Schools

Mater Dei High School
Santa Ana CA

Santa Ana High School
Santa Ana CA

University High School
Irvine CA

Woodbridge High School
Irvine CA

Monte Vista High School
Costa Mesa CA

Back Bay High School
Costa Mesa CA

Covina High School
Covina CA 

Azusa High School
Azusa CA

Sierra High School
Azusa CA

Long Beach Poly High School
Long Beach CA

JF Shea Riding Center
San Juan Capistrano CA

New College High School
Costa Mesa CA

Villa Park High School
Villa Park CA

Saddleback High School
Santa Ana CA

Foothill High School
Tustin CA

Loyola High School
Los Angeles CA

Troy High School
Brea CA

Newport Harbor High School

Newport Beach CA

SupportAbility Campus Clubs Run by Students

Students have the opportunity to operate a SupportAbility Campus Club at their high school.

This is a way for students to be directly involved with SupportAbility and earn volunteer hours by forming a service club. The idea of campus clubs was established by contributor Barbara Barnett.

“Kids helping other kids”

First service club founder at Villa Park was Katie Salmond, now it’s Dr. Katie.

Business & Foundation Supporters 

We are now able to offer three college scholarships. These are each funded by individual contributor’s and are in addition to the Julie Inman Courage Award and our eight memorial awards.

Every contributor to SupportAbility is very appreciated!! Below is a brief list of a few major players! Thank you all! 

Jack & Katharine Trotter

The Warmington Group

 Pam Pomeroy

Randy & Claudia Redwitz

Marty & Beth Handweiler

Emmy & Peter Koehl

Mr & Mrs Gary Ryness

Amigos de las Ninos

Argyros Family Foundation

Panish, Shea & Boyle Law

Carol B. Mooney

 Marlene & Leason Pomeroy

Mr & Mrs Mike Jones

The White Cross Foundation

Cow Camp Caridades

SupportAbility Board of Director’s

John & Ann Clark Family

Dr & Mrs Carl Selin 

Mr & Mrs Bob Smith

We’d like to send a special thank you to Amigos de los Niños for their renewable grant -over the past 22 years, it totals over $50,000!