126 graduating seniors at Culver City High School and Culver Park High School have been selected by individual donors and organizations to receive scholarships totaling more than $113,000. The scholarships are administered through the Culver City Community Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit volunteer organization. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 18, at Robert Frost Auditorium.
Donors include a wide variety of service clubs, businesses, parent organizations such as PTA, and employee organizations from the school district and the city, as well as individual and memorial scholarships. Donors are able to set their criteria, which may include academic status, financial need, career goals, or Culver City schools attended.
Soledad Vasquez and her daughers, Andreina and Juliana, are among the newest donors to the fund. When Andreina and Juliana applied for Culver City Community Scholarships, Juliana received one but Andreina was not selected. Soledad began thinking about all the other students who needed help and didn’t receive it. Now, Andreina, who later received a scholarship from Santa Monica College, is about to graduate from Woodbury University with a major in Fashion Design. Juliana is graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a major in Theology. Soledad says she feels blessed, so she and her daughters have established the Vasquez Sisters Scholarship to offer an opportunity for other students. In Andreina’s words, “We know from experience that every little bit helps, and we hope that our little bit helps encourage other students to continue their education and pursue their career goals.”
There are two ways to donate to the fund. An individual, organization, service club or business can create a named scholarship in the amount of at least $300 and then a representative will select their recipient from among the applicants. The donor presents the scholarship at an awards ceremony in June. In addition, the Scholarship Fund accepts tax-deductible donations of any amount, which are used to provide for students in great financial need who did not receive a named scholarship.
For direct donations, checks should be made out to Culver City Community Scholarship Fund and sent to Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City, CA 90230, attention Margaret Fujisawa, College Career Center. You may also make a secure donation through the fund’s website, www.cccommunityscholarships.org
If you wish to set up a new named scholarship for 2012, please contact Margaret at (310) 842 4200, extension 3558.