Miriam Leal, Program Associate
As Program Associate, Miriam serves as the coordinator for the Foundation’s scholarship and loan programs. She also provides accounts payable support to the Foundation’s CFO and manage..Full Bio
Our Scholarship Programs
Andy Peek Livestock Endowed Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale in honor and memory of Andy Peek.
Andy Peek was president of Western Video Market and also General Manager of Shasta Livestock Auction Yard in Cottonwood, California, a family-owned business where he worked for over four decades. He was a past president of the California Livestock Marketing Association and served as a board member for the National Livestock Marketing Association. Andy was a past chairman of the Shasta District Fair Board in California and in 2007 was named Tehama County (CA) Cattleman of the Year. Andy was a major presence in the U.S. livestock industry. To continue Andy’s support of youth programs, this scholarship will be offered annually to students majoring in Agricultural Studies (with a special emphasis in the livestock industry) who share Andy’s desire to work in the industry he dearly loved.
Balma Family Scholarship Fund
Rudy and Margaret Balma have been active philanthropists in the community for many years. Mr. Balma served on the Board of Trustees at Shasta High School for 22 years. During his tenure, the board established Pioneer High School. In order to provide additional opportunities for PHS graduates, the Balma Family Scholarship Fund was established for Pioneer High School seniors who will be attending Shasta College.
California Retired Teachers Association, Division 16 Scholarship
Division 16 of the CRTA established this scholarship to benefit students preparing to enter a career in education who have attended Shasta College for two years. The scholarship is based on financial need and available to students with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and involved in extra curricular activities transferring to a 4-year college.
Christine Begley Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Christine Begley in 2014. Though raised in Santa Cruz, Christine's family returned to Shasta County where she attended Anderson High School. She had run track competitively against boy's teams in Santa Cruz and upon moving to Shasta County, Christine was part of the formation of the girl's track team at Anderson High. Christine excelled at the sport and holds several long-standing records.
After graduating high school, Christine put herself through college and experienced financial struggles. Once she graduated, Christine returned to Shasta County where she taught at Parsons Middle School for 35 years until her retirement in 2010. It was after this that Christine began looking at ways of giving back.
The Christine Begley Scholarship of Shasta Regional Community Foundation will support female graduates of Anderson High School pursuing a degree in education.
Cloud Wise Academy Scholarship Fund
Cloud Wise Academy was formed to teach in-demand technical skills that employers are searching for in today's market. Currently, there is a significant gap between the number of jobs open requiring these types of skills and the number of people in Shasta County who possess these skills.
There are smart people with a good work ethic, such as returning vets, who would be quite suitable for those high-demand jobs - if they had the right skills. They just need to be trained, and trained in the right way.
The Cloud Wise Academy courses are designed to be practical and affordable for people holding down a job or taking care of family as they learn a new set of high-demand skills. The Academy serves people of all ages and there is no prior programming or technology experience needed. All students need is a laptop computer and a basic understanding of how to use it.
The Academy presents a win-win situation for Shasta County. Employers will be more able to hire people they desperately need; the people hired will move into a whole new career that pays well and provides long-term advancement opportunities; and Shasta County will benefit. As local people are equipped with technical skills, not only will current companies be able to find and hire the talent they need, but new companies will be attracted to the area, which in turn provides more employment for area residents and contributes to the development of Shasta County as a tech hub.
Don & Debbie Bankson Scholarship Endowment Fund
Donna Borlaug Citizen Scholarship Fund
This scholarship benefits a graduating senior from Shasta High School who also graduated from Grant School. The applicant must have community and school volunteer experience.
Dr. Frank L. Doane Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dr. Frank L Doane acquired his medical degree in 1903 and opened a medical office in Red Bluff in 1904. He was born in Michigan in 1874 and his family moved to Red Bluff in 1885. He continued his medical practice into the early 50’s.
Jessie M. McKinney was Dr. Doane’s sister-in-law who at one time was a journalist for the Portland Oregonian. Out of respect for Dr. Doane, the residual of her estate was placed in a trust for scholarships, to be given to qualified Tehama County high school graduates who plan to pursue a career as a registered nurse. This trust has been ongoing since her death in 1963. The trust executor moved the funds and facilitation of the scholarship award to the Community Foundation in 2016. The award is renewable for up to four-years of the student's undergraduate academic career.
FWF '62 Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund, established in the year 2000, honors friendship and loyalty by twelve women whose friendship began in their Redding elementary school days. Throughout the years they remained in touch though separated by schooling, careers, growing families and distance. The women friends have since contributed to the fund to establish an ongoing scholarship recognizing the importance and value of nurturing friendships throughout a lifetime.
Glen Hawk Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by Helen Hawk in memory of her husband. Glen Hawk Sr. served on the Shasta High School Board of Directors from 1979-1989. This scholarship benefits a Shasta High School graduating senior who is pursuing a vocational or technical education at an accredited post-secondary school.
Gregory L. Morris II Memorial Scholarship
Gregory was raised in Palo Cedro and attended Junction Elementary School. While growing up, Gregory was surrounded by all types of animals that he loved. So much so, on weekends he would volunteer his time and energy assisting his mother with finding homes for shelter animals.
At Foothill High School, Gregory continued working with animals through his participation in the Future Famers program. In addition, he began helping his schoolmates by tutoring them in math, chemistry, and science assignments. Whenever they needed help, Gregory was always there for them. Gregory loved to help people whenever he could and was very generous with his time and friendship.
In honor of Gregory, this scholarship award will be offered annually to a Foothill High School graduating senior who plans to major in the field of Science.
Ivy B. Horr Medical Education Loan Fund
The Ivy B. Horr Endowed Medical Education Loan Fund was established by the late Mrs. Horr, a resident of Eastern Shasta County, from a portion of her estate. Loans up to $10,000 are made available to students in Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Modoc, Trinity, or Siskiyou counties who are engaged in the study of medicine or in medical training at a college or university.
Jim Cusick Memorial Scholarship
Jim Cusick, born and raised in Weed, CA spent most of his life in the Weed/Mt. Shasta area. While attending Weed High School (class of ’45) he lettered in four sports. After serving in the Army, he played football for the only undefeated team in Santa Rosa Junior College history (1949-50). He remained a sportsman throughout his life valuing family, friends and small town life. After his death in November of 1997, his family, friends and teammates from Weed High School and Santa Rosa Jr. College put together this scholarship fund and annual golf tournament to honor his memory and help local high school athletes attain their college dreams. This scholarship, originally funded through donations and the golf tournament, is now being maintained entirely through donations.
Kelly Moravec Academic Encouragement Scholarship
The Honors in the Face of Medical Adversity Scholarship is in honor and loving memory of Kelly Moravec. Kelly Moravec was a young man who despite huge battles with medical tragedies, kept true to his academic goals and dreams. The Fund was established to honor the overcoming of medical adversities and to encourage continued education beyond high school through the awarding of scholarships, awards, and gifts for academic achievement, and the facilitation of connecting students for resource networking and peer support.
Ken Putnam Choral Music Endowed Scholarship Fund
This fund was created by friends, family, former students and general well wishers of Ken Putnam to mark his retirement from Shasta High School where he taught choral music for more than thirty years. Mr. Putnam's final performance, 42nd Street, closed in May of 2002, the last in a long string of successful performances during his tenure at Shasta High School. The musicals were notable not only for the individual student performances, but also for the army of adult volunteers that helped to make each performance truly outstanding. This fund benefits Shasta High School graduates who participated in the vocal music program.
Key Club Scholarship
This fund was established by the Redding Kiwanis to fund Key Club Scholarships for graduating seniors from Foothill, Enterprise, and Shasta High schools. Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Clubs assist Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. This scholarship is centered around active service to school and community.
Students must be dues paying involved members of their high school Key Club.
Kohn Family Scholarship Fund
In appreciation of the community's support of their business, Frozen Gourmet Inc, Bill and Daphne Kohn have established an annual scholarship. The vision of this scholarship is to help fund the education of a student-athlete during their collegiate experience. All athletes graduating from Shasta High School and planning to attend a four-year college or university are encouraged to apply. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Matt Solus Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in memory of Matt Solus, the son of Fred & Elouise Solus of Yreka. Matt was a victim of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Although Matt was on a heart transplant list, he succumbed to the disease at the age of 22. Matt was a 1997 graduate of Yreka High School. The Solus Family were pioneers in Siskiyou County, having first moved there in 1850. Matt was a member of the Explorer Program with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department and had a strong interest in law enforcement and fire science. The scholarship supports students in Siskiyou County pursuing careers in fire science or law enforcement.
Mt. Shasta Athletic Boosters Club
The Boosters Club is made up of parents, community members, and business owners within the Mt. Shasta region who are dedicated to extra-curricular sports and committed to helping provide a quality athletic program at Mt. Shasta High School.
An independent community service organization founded in 1986, the Boosters Club provides supplemental funding to enhance the spirit and quality of the athletic program. You can join in this support by making an online donation here.
REU Powering Redding's Future Scholarship and Grant Fund
Redding Electric Utility (REU) is proud to offer students in the Redding community the “Powering Redding’s Future” College Scholarship and Community College/Technical School Grant Program. The purpose of REU’s Program is to identify and support local students dreaming and planning to attend a college/university or technical school. The primary goals of REU’s Powering Redding’s Future program is to encourage Redding’s youth to consider a college/university or technical school education that may lead to career opportunities in the electric utility industry, preferably with REU. This program will award up to $50,000 in college scholarships and technical school grants for local students each year. During open application period students may learn more about eligibility and apply for the CollegeScholarship or Community/TechnicalSchool Grant Program online.
Shasta Natural Science Scholarship
The Shasta Natural Science Scholarship (formerly the Marcia and Gary Scholarship) was established in loving memory of Marcia Howe, Gary Matson, and Winfield Mowder, who were devoted to encouraging interest in science and the beauty and importance of wildlife in Shasta County and beyond. This scholarship will benefit a female high school or transfer student from Shasta County attending an accredited 4-year college or university.
Top of the State Scholarship Endowment Fund
The mission of the Top of the State Board of Directors is to provide educational scholarships for Shasta & Tehama county high school students that have played golf in high school or junior golf programs going onto pursue educational degrees at two or four year universities and colleges. The scholarship is funded primarily from the proceeds of the SJ Denham Scholarship Golf Classic in August of each year.
Tri Counties Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by the Board of North Valley Bank in memory of Don Carter, who served as President and CEO of North Valley Bancorp and North Valley Bank from 1986 to 1997. The fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors in Northern California. In 2014, the fund became the Tri Counties Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund with the completed merger between North Valley Bancorp and Tri Counties Bank.