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A South Coast scholarship program celebrating its 25th anniversary handed out more than $1.1 million dollars in awards this month.

The Ventura County Community Foundation presented 352 scholarships to graduating high school students in the county this month.

California Lutheran University has granted a young woman its first scholarship that benefits Syrian refugees. 

Eighteen-year-old Rama Youssef has received the International Leaders Scholarship from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. It was created by an alumna who wanted to help Syrian refugees.

Youssef was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and lived there during the start of the Civil War.

“Many times, I literally was going to lose my life. It was very bad. We would just be walking in the street, and a bomb can literally take over,” she said.