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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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