Two Local Scholars Each Receive $10,000 Scholarships


GLENDALE, Calif. (September 5, 2019) — The Americana at Brand, a Caruso property, is pleased to announce Madeleine Ackley of Notre Dame High School and Hailey Sole of Maranatha High School as recipients of the 2019 Spirit of American Youth Scholarship. Established in 2009 by the Caruso Family Foundation by Caruso, the $10,000 scholarship invests in the future of the next generation by honoring high school seniors who reside in or attend school in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys exhibiting outstanding spirit, leadership, and social responsibility.


A record number of applications were submitted by highly-qualified students throughout the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys including the communities of Glendale, Burbank, La Canada, Flintridge, Pasadena, Studio City, Sherman Oaks and San Fernando. These two students were carefully selected as this year’s recipients based on their impressive academic achievements, contributions to the betterment of their communities, and inherent leadership ability.


“Madeleine and Hailey have demonstrated exemplary achievements not only in their academics, but also as outstanding leaders in their communities,” said Rick J. Caruso, Founder and CEO of Caruso. “I’m a firm believer that education is the foundation for opportunity and it is an honor to support such exceptional young individuals as they continue their pursuit of academic excellence and embark on their next chapters.”


Madeleine, a graduate of Notre Dame High School and a Glendale resident, is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society, and graduated Maxima Cum Laude as an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is passionate about music and has brought her musical talents to homeless shelters as a volunteer and the Burbank Music Academy as a youth music teacher. She will attend Berklee College of Music in the fall and major in Music.


Glendale resident and Maranatha High School graduate Hailey is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society. In addition to making the Dean’s List and Honor Roll, Hailey was one of 250 students in California chosen to attend Pepperdine University’s Youth Citizen Seminars. She is passionate about community service and last year raised money to supply holiday gifts to the children of Communidad Cesar Chavez shelter. She will attend the University of Southern California in the fall and major in Business Administration.