Education Department Launches Review Of Teachers’ Grant Program : NPR Ed

By Chris Arnold and Cory Turner

It’s a financial nightmare for public school teachers across the country: Federal grants they received to work in low-income schools were converted to thousands of dollars in loans that they now must pay back.

NPR revealed these problems in a series of recent stories. The Department of Education now tells NPR that it has launched a new “top-to-bottom” internal review of all aspects of the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education grant program. Officials say that the review is aimed at fixing the issues and that the department is “absolutely committed to improving” the program.

“It’s ridiculous; it’s mind-boggling,” says Kaitlyn McCollum, a high school teacher in Columbia, Tenn., who is among the potentially thousands of teachers who met the teaching requirements for these grants but nevertheless were saddled with debt for money they never borrowed. “It’s been two years of torture.”

Source: Education Department Launches Review Of Teachers’ Grant Program : NPR Ed : NPR

Solano County students majoring in agricultural field have opportunity for scholarships – The Reporter

Multiple $10,000 scholarships are being awarded by the Julia I. Carrington Foundation to undergraduate students majoring in an agricultural field who attended high school in Solano County.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to, or currently attend, a California University that offers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an agricultural field. Scholarships can be applied for year-round and are awarded throughout the year.

Consideration is given first to applicants who have resided in Solano County for a minimum of two years and have a family member who derives their living from farming or other agricultural means.

Scholarships will be paid directly to the university.

Source: Solano County students majoring in agricultural field have opportunity for scholarships

Human Services Board aims to raise $5K in online fundraising campaign – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Spring is the season of giving, and the Benicia Human Services Board (HSB) is providing a chance for people to give. For the next 21 days, the HSB is hosting an online fundraiser for its Human Services Fund in the hopes of raising $5,000 before the deadline.

The HSB oversees the Human Services Fund, a charitable reserve that distributes funds to nonprofit agencies that provide support to Benicians in need. Each month, the HSB goes over each grantee’s service goals and objectives and continually provides fundraising to keep each program going.

This year, the HSB has opted for a “Spring into Action” campaign by encouraging people to donate online through CauseVox, a crowdfunding website aimed mainly to provide support to nonprofits.

Source: Human Services Board aims to raise $5K in online fundraising campaign

Integrated learning grants available to Solano teachers, artists – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education is offering three courses to train educators and community artists how to make “learning visible” as part of the grant-funded Solano Integrated Learning Specialist Program.

The county office received $75,000. The funding covers the cost of $299 for each participant per course, which includes materials, a light breakfast and lunch. This is also an opportunity for people to work toward an ILSP certificate.

Source: Integrated learning grants available to Solano teachers, artists

Solano Community Foundation announces its accepting scholarship applications – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Attention Vacaville and Fairfield high school seniors: Scholarship season has begun.

Solano Community Foundation earlier this week announced the opening of the 2018 application cycle for its college scholarship program.

Beginning Monday, applications will be accepted for 10 scholarships from the Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund to graduating seniors at Vacaville, Wood and Buckingham Charter high schools.

Available to qualified applicants are seven four-year Nelson scholarships at $14,000 each ($3,500 each academic year); two one-year scholarships at $2,500 each; and one one-year scholarship for $5,000.

This year, applicants must apply directly to the foundation, using the forms downloaded from the Fairfield-based nonprofit’s website, www.solanocf.org. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Source: Solano Community Foundation announces its accepting scholarship applications

Solano foundation announces college scholarships – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The application cycle for 18 college scholarships through the Solano Community Foundation opens Monday.

Scholarships are awarded from the Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund to graduating seniors at Vacaville High School, Will C. Wood High School and Buckingham Charter Magnet High School.

There are seven at $14,000 ($3,500 each academic year); two one-year scholarships at $2,500; and one one-year scholarship for $5,000.

Source: Solano foundation announces college scholarships

Foundation accepts applications for Solano education, other grants – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Applications for The Education Plus! grant program are available to K-12 teachers in public schools in Solano County.

The education grants, and three other programs for which applications are now being taken, are awarded through the Solano Community Foundation.

“The objective of the programs to be funded should be to achieve grade-level reading or math skills. Reading programs that concentrate on the early grades are favored, as are math programs for eighth-graders. However, programs that work toward skills improvement at any grade are eligible,” the foundation said in a statement.

Source: Foundation accepts applications for Solano education, other grants

Solano group offers scholarships for those who seek teaching credentials – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Scholarships are available through the C. Shirley Michel Scholarship Fund to Solano County residents who have bachelor’s degrees and are seeking California teaching credentials at accredited universities.

The scholarships are administered by Division 24 of the California Retired Teachers Association. Nine $2,500 scholarships were awarded last year.

Source: Solano group offers scholarships for those who seek teaching credentials

Travis Credit Union offers scholarships for college-bound seniors – Times Herald

By Richard Bammer

If you are a college-bound high school senior with pretty good grades, you may want to apply for a sizable scholarship offered by Travis Credit Union.

Managers at the Vacaville-based firm announced Wednesday that it will award 20 $2,000 scholarships in the coming months, and they encourage all graduating seniors to apply.

Each applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, bound for a two– or four–year college or university, and be a member of the credit union in good standing.

Students who live in the company’s 12-county service region and are not yet members may join and apply for a scholarship at the same time, Sherry Cordonnier, director of corporate relations, noted in a press release.

Source: Travis Credit Union offers scholarships for college-bound seniors

Travis Credit Union scholarships await 20 graduating high school seniors – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis Credit Union will award 20 $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Each applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0, will be attending a two– or four–year college or university and is a member in good standing of Travis Credit Union.

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

“In the last 14 years, we have received a tremendous response from young members who have exhibited a commitment to academic excellence and community service. We look forward to recognizing even more of our deserving young members this year,” said Barry Nelson, Travis Credit Union’s president and CEO, in a press release.

Source: Travis Credit Union scholarships await 20 graduating high school seniors

Funding Relief for Schools Closed Due to Wildfires – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today directed the California Department of Education to work with all schools and school districts forced to close as a result of massive wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties so that they may qualify for relief from the loss of state Average Daily Attendance (ADA) student funding.

“Safety for students and school staff is a top priority of the California Department of Education. Any schools forced to close as a result of the fires may be able to recoup these important ADA funds,” Torlakson said. “My staff will help affected school administrators through the process of applying for waivers due to school closures. Schools should not suffer financially or in any other way for putting safety first in any kind of emergency.”

One out-of-control blaze in and around northern Santa Rosa called the Tubbs Fire had burned at least 20,000 acres by Monday morning. Numerous homes and business were destroyed, a mobile home park burned, and some wineries were enveloped in flames. Public schools closed Monday in several cities including Napa, Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

Source: Funding Relief for Schools Closed Due to Wildfires – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

Vaca teachers award five scholarships – The Reporter

The Vacaville Teachers Association awarded scholarships of $3,300 each to five former Vacaville Unified seniors who graduated earlier this year.

Tracy Begley, president of the school district’s teachers union, made the announcement during the Sept. 7 governing board meeting.

The scholarship winners were announced to the union’s 685 members and the graduates before school ended in early June, she wrote in an email sent earlier this week to The Reporter.

The five were Mikayla Canales from Buckingham Charter High; Dominique Sloper and Amy Rich from Vacaville High; and Mackenzie Howard and Jessica Alvarado from Will C. Wood High.

Source: Vaca teachers award five scholarships

Gov. Brown weighing support for free first year of community college | EdSource

By Mikhail Zinshteyn

A bill to waive first-year tuition at community college for all California residents attending full-time is awaiting the governor’s signature after winning support from a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the state Legislature Wednesday.

If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Bill 19 would allow for an estimated 19,000 additional students to take advantage of the state’s generous subsidies for community college students — irrespective of their financial need — under a new program called California College Promise.

For the bill to have teeth, it needs money appropriated from the state, and currently AB 19 has no funding mechanism. The Department of Finance, which advises Gov. Jerry Brown on fiscal issues, opposed the passage of the bill in August because of the estimated $30 million to $50 million price tag to enroll the additional students. The department also dinged the bill for expanding financial aid to students who don’t need it, “which is inconsistent with the Administration’s effort to target financial aid to the state’s neediest students.”

Source: Gov. Brown weighing support for free first year of community college | EdSource

Music grants available through late October – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Applications are being accepted for music grants from the Donald and Rose Marie Wong Endowment Fund.

The endowment, established in 2011, is open to public and private schools in Solano County. The Solano Community Foundation administers the fund and will accept applications through Oct. 25.

For information and application form, visit the “Wong” fund page at www.solanocf.org.

Source: Music grants available through late October

Grants available for Solano’s K-12 teachers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Money for some school programs generally is hard to come by and it may be more difficult to get if the Trump administration’s 2018 federal budget proposal, which will slash $9 billion from the Department of Education, is approved,

In the meantime, with area school districts starting the new academic year, the Solano Community Foundation has made available money for Solano County K-12 students in public schools.

Money from the foundation’s Education Plus! Grant Program supports classroom projects, after-school, and mentoring programs. Teachers and educators with innovative programs may apply for the financial support, Samantha Fordyce, the foundation’s development associate, wrote in a press release.

The program’s focus is two-fold: 1) development of grade-level reading skills, preferably by the end of the third grade; and 2) attainment of math skills to allow proper course placement at ninth grade. However, the foundation will fund projects that work toward achieving or improving reading and math skills for K-12 students at all levels, noted Fordyce.

Source: Grants available for Solano’s K-12 teachers

Friends of the Fair ward six ag scholarships – The Reporter

By Kathy Keatley Garvey

Not many organizations can say, “We have given away $175,000 in college scholarship funds over the last 17 years.”

The Friends of the Dixon May Fair can.

The Friends of the Fair, the service-oriented and fundraising arm of the Dixon May Fair, just presented a total of $12,500 in scholarships to six Solano County residents majoring in an agricultural-related field. The Friends’ philanthropic contributions now totals $175,000.

“We totally support our college students majoring in ag,” said Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, president of the Friends of Fair. The organization raises funds primarily through the sale of beverages sold at the Dixon May Fair.

He and Carrie Hamel of Dixon, the scholarship committee chair, presented the awards to the winners at a recent end-of-the-year barbecue on the fairgrounds.

 

Source: Friends of the Fair ward six ag scholarships

8 students have a brighter futures as Rotary Success Scholars – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Giovanni Villa didn’t think college was an option.

He struggled with a learning disability and graduated from Armijo High School in 2016.

Enter the Police Activities League, its boxing coach Pete Padilla and director Heather Sanderson.

And, local Rotary clubs.

Villa now has the financial and emotional support to enroll at Solano Community College. He will meet with a counselor at the school soon and plot his future classes and career.

Source: 8 students have a brighter futures as Rotary Success Scholars

Foundation awards 6 scholarships from Fairfield High staff endowment – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community Foundation has awarded $30,000 in scholarships through the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Two $10,000 awards, paid out over four years, were given to Maria Rico Osornio, who is attending Solano Community College, and Calista Lum, who attends the University of California, Merced.

Also awarded were four, single-year $2,500 scholarships: Juan Sebastian Teodoro, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Lizeth Gutierrez, University of California, Davis; Isabel Hernandez, Solano College; and Adrian Rosas, California State University, Sacramento.

Source: Foundation awards 6 scholarships from Fairfield High staff endowment

California middle class families may still get scholarship help | EdSource

By Larry Gordon

The California Legislature’s final actions this year on higher education funding will please some middle-income families but may lead to conflicts with Gov. Jerry Brown.

The embattled Middle Class Scholarship program that Brown sought to end was kept alive in the conference committee budget legislation that both houses are expected to approve this week. Saying it was too expensive and not efficient, Brown wanted to phase out the program that provided aid for about 50,000 middle class students at California’s two public university systems this year. But parents around the state whose income was not low enough to qualify for Cal Grants lobbied the Legislature for the Middle Class aid to continue.

Source: California middle class families may still get scholarship help | EdSource

VTA awards up to $15K to five VUSD seniors – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Vacaville Teachers Association, its 680 members highly aware of the state’s ongoing teacher shortage, will award up to $15,000 in five different scholarships to graduating seniors from Vacaville, Will C. Wood and Buckingham Charter Magnet high schools.

The scholarships are funded by voluntary contributions from VTA members and other Vacaville Unified employees, Tracy Begley, VTA president, noted in a press release issued Wednesday.

The scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are: Mikayla Canales, Buckingham; Dominique Sloper, Vacaville; Amy Rich, Vacaville; Mackenzie Howard, Wood; and Jessica Alvarado, Wood.

“These winners were selected after passionate debate amongst the hard-working members of our scholarship committees,” Begley said in the prepared statement. “Since there were high-quality applicants for these scholarships, the decisions by our committee members weren’t easy ones, but we are so happy to do our part to ensure that students have access to the best educators in all of our schools.”

 

Source: VTA awards up to $15K to five VUSD seniors