Six young Vallejo women win $5K scholarships from Soroptimists – Times Herald

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

Geraldine Lonsdale learned Monday that on top of her other accomplishments, she was selected valedictorian of her class, news she shared with Soroptimist International of Vallejo members and others gathered at that group’s annual scholarship awards luncheon.

With the last of Public Works Week visible out Zio Fraedo’s picture windows along the Vallejo waterfront, Lonsdale and five other female Vallejo students were each awarded $5,000 scholarships at Monday’s event — something the group’s been doing annually since 1939, members said.

“These lucky young ladies applied, interviewed and were chosen to receive our scholarships because of their academic rigor, dedication to community service and demonstrated financial need,” group member and Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan said. Lonsdale, a Jesse Bethel High School senior, plans to study psychology at UC Berkeley. Besides being in the National Honor Society and president of Biomed Academy Leadership, she volunteers with the local Humane Society and with Faith Food Fridays, and works as a server at Brookdale Senior Living.

Source: Six young Vallejo women win $5K scholarships from Soroptimists

Solano Community Foundation bestows Nelson Scholarships – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano Community Foundation has awarded sizable scholarships to 10 Vacaville high school seniors, it has been announced.

Seven students received Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Scholarships, five from Will C. Wood High, including Dylan Nute, Ian Kitamura, Mercedes Hall, Willow Rigney and Hailey Milsaps; one from Buckingham Charter High, Mikayla Canales; and one from Vacaville High, Cassidy Aberson. Each four-year award is worth $14,000, or $3,500 per year.

Cassiel Nortier-Tilly of Vacaville High School received the Grace B. Powell Vacaville High School Scholarship, a one-time award of $5,000. Powell was principal of Vacaville High and promoted academic achievement. An annual citywide spelling bee is named after her.

Kristoffer Hernandez of Vacaville High and Rita Zughbaba from Buckingham Charter will receive an Auldin Briggs Achievement Scholarship of $2,500 each for one year. Briggs was a sheet metal worker at Mare Island, and later taught mechanical drawing at Solano Community College.

Source: Solano Community Foundation bestows Nelson Scholarships

Assist-A-Grad continues to help high school seniors realize college dream – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

David Avina aspires to a career in psychology after taking an advanced placement course on the subject.

Kamari Spires wants to study nursing, with the goal of working in obstetrics and gynecology.

The two high school seniors, Rodriguez and Fairfield, respectively, are among the more than 270 applicants hoping to garner some of the approximate $130,000 in Assist-A-Grad scholarships.

Spires and Avina plan to start their studies at Napa Valley Community College before transferring to four-year colleges. Both said securing funds toward college would be a great help.

Source: Assist-A-Grad continues to help high school seniors realize college dream

“Dreamers” at community colleges urged to apply for financial aid – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

State community college leaders are concerned about a dramatic drop in financial aid applications among undocumented students, due, in part perhaps, to the political climate in Washington, D.C., and the Trump White House.

But Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s 113 community colleges, reminded that assistance is still available through the California Dream Act and urged eligible students to apply.

His announcement, in a press release issued in February, came several days after President Donald Trump broadened immigration enforcement policies, directing federal officials to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.

Source: “Dreamers” at community colleges urged to apply for financial aid

Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems and More : NPR Ed

By Sophia Alvarez Boyd and Anya Kamenetz

National K-12 and higher ed news came fast and furious this week. Here are our highlights to help you keep on top.

The president’s “skinny budget” has cuts for education

The biggest story of our week happened early Thursday morning when President Trump released his budget outline, historically known as a “skinny budget” because it has few details.

The U.S. Department of Education came in for a $9 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut.

During Trump’s campaign, he promised $20 billion for school choice. His 2018 budget is the first small step in that direction, increasing charter school funding by two-thirds, funding an unspecified new “private school choice program,” and adding another $1 billion for Title I, which helps fund high-poverty schools. That Title I money would be earmarked to “encourage” school choice.

Source: FAFSA, Pell Grants And Charters, Oh My! : NPR Ed : NPR

Vacaville scholarship application period opens – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The 2017 application period for scholarships at three Vacaville high schools – through the Solano Community Foundation and the Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund – opens Monday.

Graduating seniors at Vacaville High, Will C. Wood and Buckingham Charter Magnet High are eligible.

Seven four-year scholarships of $3,500 each year will be awarded. Additionally, two Auldin Briggs one-year scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. One $5,000 Grace B. Powell one-year scholarship will be awarded to a Vacaville High graduate

Source: Vacaville scholarship application period opens

TCU offers scholarships for high school seniors – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Are you a college-bound high school senior with a good-to-excellent GPA?

Then you may want to apply for one of 20 $1,500 scholarships being awarded by Travis Credit Union.

Besides being a graduating senior, each applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be headed for a two– or four–year college or university, and be a member of Travis Credit Union in good standing.

Students who live in TCU’s 12-county service region and are not yet members may join the credit union and apply for a scholarship at the same time.

Scholarship applications are available at any branch location or online at Travis Credit Union’s website at www.traviscu.org. In Vacaville, the branches are at 2010 Peabody Road, 11 Cernon St., and 2020 Harbison Drive.

 

Source: TCU offers scholarships for high school seniors

CA Dream Act Applications Due March 2 – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) announced that applications for the California Dream Act are down significantly and urged all eligible students to apply for the program, which allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college.

“Please apply right away. The California Dream Act is the key to success in college and 21st century careers. It would be a shame if fear or confusion keeps students from applying for financial aid that they have earned and they deserve,” Torlakson said.

The application deadline is March 2. As of Friday, CSAC had received about 20,000 applications, down from more than 34,000 applications from the prior year. The California Dream Act is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The California Student Aid Commission has redoubled its efforts to encourage Dreamers to complete the California Dream Act Application,” said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director for the CSAC, which administers the California Dream Act. “California’s strength lies in its diversity and we will continue to support and advance our efforts to prepare all California students for academic and economic prosperity.”

Source: CA Dream Act Applications Due March 2 – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

Assist-a-Grad opens scholarship applications – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Assist-a-Grad Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for this year’s awards.

The scholarships are for graduating seniors from the Fairfield-Suisun and Travis school districts as well as students graduating from other Solano County schools.

This year’s application deadline is March 1.

For application information, go to www.assist-a-grad.org. Students from the Fairfield-Suisun School District can also contact the career and college technician at their schools.

Source: Assist-a-Grad opens scholarship applications

Scholarship money awaits Solano students majoring in agriculture – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

It pays to major in agriculture.

Friends of the Dixon May Fair will award a total of $12,500 in college scholarships to Solano County students enrolled in a California university or community college who are majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field.

The deadline to submit scholarship applications is March 1.

The organization will award four scholarships for those enrolled in a four-year college, and three scholarships for those enrolled in a two-year college.

Source: Scholarship money awaits Solano students majoring in agriculture

Slow Food event raises money for school grants – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Slow Food Solano held its final fundraiser for the year at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company with a small gathering Sunday evening.

“I thought it would be neat for people to see the milling process,” said Cynthia Huddleston, chairwoman of Slow Food Solano. “Also, it’s nice for the tribe to get together.”

The evening included a tour of the mill, tasty hors d’oeuvres made by Il Fiorello’s Kitchen at the Grove and wine tasting.

“Ann and Mark Sievers are big supporters of Slow Food,” Huddleston said. “People talk about doing it but they actually put it into practice.”

Source: Slow Food event raises money for school grants

Valero awards $300,000 in grants to area children’s charities – The Reporter

The Valero Benicia Refinery announced Wednesday in a presentation ceremony held at the Benicia Veteran’s Memorial Building that 26 charities, nominated by refinery employees, will be the recipients of grants totaling $300,000.

The funds were raised through the 2016 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, held in April in San Antonio, Texas.

“The charities being honored today represent truly remarkable organizations that protect children and help them thrive,” said Vice President and General Manager Don Wilson in a press release. “Since 2001, the Benicia Refinery, through the Valero Energy Foundation, has participated in this special day of focus on children. Locally, we have awarded nearly $5 million in Benefit for Children grants through this employee-nominated grant process.”

Source:  Valero awards $300,000 in grants to area children’s charities – The Reporter

State department of education releases $100M in college-readiness grants – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For many California’s high school students, dreams of attending college are being nurtured by a state grant.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday announced that nearly 1,000 school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, will receive about $100 million in grants to help students prepare to attend college.

The grants, which are available through the 2018–19 fiscal year, come from a $200 million College Readiness Block Grant program administered by the California Department of Education. The expenditure also was approved by Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature.

The goal is to increase the number of students who enroll in college and complete a degree program in four years, with a special emphasis on helping English learners, low-income students, and foster youth.

 

Source: State department of education releases $100M in college-readiness grants

High School seniors can apply for Elks scholarships – The Reporter

The Vacaville Elks Lodge, as part of the nationwide Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, is the local sponsor of the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (MVS) program for high school seniors.

The local Elks is sponsoring applications from students in the Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Winters and Rio Vista area high schools for judging and consideration for advancement to the national finals. Information concerning the Elks scholarship program has been provided to all local high schools.

Applications and full instructions are available online at enf.elks.org/mvs. The deadline for submission of applications is Nov. 30. All applications must be submitted online.

Source: High School seniors can apply for Elks scholarships

Last day to donate to Kimme Challenge – The Reporter

The late Ernest Kimme would want each of us to give what we can, $1 to $10 to $100 or more, something, to a fundraiser that directly benefits classroom teachers and their students.

But today is the last day this year to donate to one of his education-oriented legacies, The Kimme Challenge.

Any dollar amount donated up to $10,000 to the nonprofit Vacaville Public Education Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar, part of an annual effort to support public education in Vacaville.

Kimme — a longtime classroom teacher, civic leader, Reporter columnist and philanthropist — started the challenge 13 years ago. He died Aug. 12, 2015, at age 60, of complications from radiation treatment.

Challenge leaders at the foundation said the tax-deductible donations will be doubled by an anonymous donor, then issued this year as grants to Vacaville Unified teachers and students.

Source:  Last day to donate to Kimme Challenge – The Reporter

 

State gets $11M in fed grants to help poor kids take AP tests – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

In an effort to boost college and career prospects for California’s poor children, the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday announced it has awarded the Golden State more than $11 million in grants so low-income students can take Advanced Placement tests.

Federal education officials, pointing out the poor have been a historically underserved group, noted that California is one of 41 states and Washington, D.C., to receive a total of $28.4 million to help pay for the taking of AP tests by students from low-income families.

States receiving the next highest grant amounts were Texas ($3.5 million), New York ($2.7 million) and Illinois ($1.8 million).

Mark Frazier, the chief academic officer for Vacaville Unified, said the announcement did not come as a surprise, since the district has applied to set aside some money so poor students can take the AP tests if they wish.

 

Source: State gets $11M in fed grants to help poor kids take AP tests

Kimme leaves $1.2 million to Vacaville Public Education Foundation – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Exactly one year to the day after his death, Ernest Kimme has provided generously to the Vacaville Public Education Foundation, leaving $1.2 million to the nonprofit group, significantly boosting its endowment.

Nolan Sullivan, an ex-officio member of VPEF and a Vacaville Unified School District trustee, made the announcement Thursday in an email to The Reporter.

The Kimme bequest, left in his will and comprised of cash, stocks and real estate, will be added to the existing VPEF endowment of $200,000, creating an “economic engine” that will produce, for the foreseeable future, annual enrichment grants, estimated to range from $20,000 and $40,000, for teachers and students, he said.

“He may no longer be physically with us but he is still giving to teachers and students,” Sullivan said of Kimme, who was widely known in Vacaville as an educator, civic leader and Reporter columnist. He died of complications from radiation treatment at age 60.

 

Source: Kimme leaves $1.2 million to Vacaville Public Education Foundation

Scholarship available to county ag majors – The Reporter

The Julia I. Carrington Foundation continues to offer multiple $10,000 scholarships to Solano County graduates who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and higher.

Applicants must be undergraduates and majoring in an agricultural field while attending college at either the University of California, Davis or California Polytechnic State University. Consideration is given first to students who have resided in Solano County for at least two years, and where a member of their family derives their living from farming or other agricultural means.

Each scholarship can be applied for on an annual basis up to four years. Scholarships shall be issued for a minimum of $10,000, or a larger amount determined by the Foundation Trustees.

Source: Scholarship available to county ag majors

Buck Foundation shifts $325,000 to Solano Community Foundation – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation has given $325,000 to be used for education grants by the Solano Community Foundation.

The grants will be available to nonprofits that provide such services as after-school and summer learning programs, the Solano Community Foundation reported Thursday.

Money will be disbursed through the Education Plus! Grant Fund.

Source: Buck Foundation shifts $325,000 to Solano Community Foundation

First Northern Bank certifies 216 Armijo seniors – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

First Northern Bank celebrated the certification of 216 students May 11 in the First Northern Financial Scholars Program at Armijo High School in Fairfield.

To date, 1,867 Armijo High School students have taken the course and 1,081 have successfully completed the program since 2012.

Armijo High School teamed with First Northern Bank to incorporate the EverFi Financial Literacy online learning course into students’ existing curricula.

Source: Good News: First Northern Bank certifies 216 Armijo seniors