Students Awarded $50,000 in Disneyland Resort Scholarships for Philanthropy Work

Betsy Villalobos

by , Senior Manager, External Communications, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products

It’s the season of caps and gowns and “Pomp and Circumstance” and the time of year when we at the Disneyland Resort have the honor of recognizing 10 exceptional Orange County graduates for the passion and commitment they have shown to their communities and academia.

In six years, the Disneyland Resort has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships. The caliber of students exceeds expectations each year – and this year is no exception. Meet Jordyn Berk of Capistrano Valley High School.

Jordyn Berk of Capistrano Valley High School and Recipient of Disneyland Resort Scholarship

Berk learned about diabetes at an early age by watching her grandfather’s struggle with the disease and decided to take action. She combined her passion for karate with her hope of finding a cure and founded the annual Chop for Charity fundraiser in benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and CHOC Children’s. The event raises money by showcasing board-breaking demonstrations and allowing individuals a try at their own karate chop at a wooden board. This year alone, Berk, who also volunteers at Boys Town, the American Red Cross and Second Harvest (just to name a few), has already raised more than $50,000.

We are proud of all of our scholarship recipients and wish them continued success as they embark on their college experience.


  • Just wondering, I applied for the scholarship and just wondering, how many hours did they do?

  • I think all the Disney organizations are exceptional in their philanthropic efforts and being exemplary community partners. This recognition and generosity to local students, like the amazing Jordyn Berk featured here, is just one of the many, many ways that Disney gives back to the local community.

    I think we are very blessed and honored to have Disney and these terrific young people as part of our community! Kudos to everyone involved!

  • Well done, young lady! It’s nice to know that Disneyland, such a globally recognized place, still invests in its local community and shows appreciation for work done well.

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