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

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