Through 55 separate scholarships, the Stanislaus Community Foundation offers financial assistance to Stanislaus County residents pursuing studies at an accredited college, university or vocational college.
These scholarships have been established by donors, including individuals, families and community organizations. The 2014 scholarship period began Monday and closes March 28.
Through the foundation’s online application system, eligible applicants are matched to scholarship funds. Students qualify if they:
• Are a Stanislaus County resident.
• Are enrolled at or plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational college.
• Plan to be a full-time student.
• Have an acceptable academic record, maintaining a B average or above during senior year and the year the scholarship is made available.
Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis, considering multiple factors. Some scholarship funds target students with specific areas of interest to the donor, including high school attended, cultural background and academic/career focus.
Interested students can apply online by visiting StanislausCF.org. Only one online application form is necessary to apply for scholarships. Be sure to check the eligibility criteria for each award.
Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $4,000. Since 2005, Stanislaus Community Foundation and its partners have awarded more than $375,000 to local area students.
General qualifications for all the scholarships offered through Stanislaus Community Foundation require students to have a B or better grade point average and to be a resident of Stanislaus County or attend school in the county. Some scholarships have additional requirements, as listed below.
• The Arthur T. & Corinne K. Shields Scholarship requires only general qualifications established by SCF.
• The Pat Maciel Lubeck Perpetual Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Ambeck Mortgage Associates is open to a current or former female student of Modesto High School pursuing an education in the field of business or computer science and demonstrates financial need.
• The Virginia Azevedo Perpetual Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Ambeck Mortgage Associates is open to a current or former female student of Modesto High School pursuing an education in the field of medicine and demonstrates financial need.
• The Diane Bava Amador Scholarship sponsored by Ambeck Mortgage Associates is open to current or former students of the Modesto City Schools district.
• The Edward T. Taylor Jr. Perpetual Memorial Scholarship is offered in honor of the Modesto High School Class of 1938 to a current or former student of Modesto High School pursuing a degree in any field and meeting general qualifications.
• The Dr. Larry Cooke Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the San Joaquin Notre Dame Club, will be awarded to be a resident of the San Joaquin Valley who is admitted or enrolled at the University of Notre Dame or another Catholic university and is pursuing an education in the field of medicine.
• The Judy Wiegman Scholarship will offer one or two scholarships to Stanislaus County students attending higher-education institutions and who are deemed by the school district to be physically handicapped.
• The First Tee of Modesto Scholarship will be offered to an active member of The First Tee Program for at least three years prior to applying for this scholarship and meeting general qualifications.
• The Dr. Grant E. and Colleen S. Bare fund offers a scholarship to a graduating Stanislaus County senior high school student who is pursuing a higher education at Modesto Junior College for the first two years of undergraduate education, with the intent to proceed to a four-year program. Scholarship applicants must pursue education in sciences, medical sciences or mathematics. Applicants must be native-born U.S. citizens.
• The Jane Wynne Woolley Scholarship was established to help finance higher education for English-language learners graduating from high schools in Stanislaus County. Students must have been English-language learners who also demonstrate financial need and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
• The James McClatchy Modesto Bee Employee Scholarship was established by the late James McClatchy to foster the pursuit of higher education for Modesto Bee employees or their children. The scholarship is available to past or current employees of the Modesto Bee, with a minimum of five years of continuous employment, and if a former employee left in good standing. Children or grandchildren of past or current employees of the Modesto Bee are also eligible.