2017 North State Giving Tuesday Community Report


Shasta Regional Community Foundation manages many scholarship funds that are awarded to graduating high school seniors as well as students already in an undergraduate program. Some scholarships were started by families or individuals; others by businesses or organizations. All scholarships share one goal: helping young people reach their educational goals. 

Miriam Leal

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..

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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's first course is "Websites for Beginners." The course teaches how to build a working website using the most in-demand tools: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Each course is taught over a six-week period, two nights a week, three hours each night. The six-week course costs $275 and is taught by a professional programmer. Students will be working on real-world assignments.

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.

Cloud Wise Academy Scholarship Deadline: Open Application Date

Scholarship opportunities are available to assist with Cloud Wise Academy tuition. Please click HERE to review eligibility guidelines and access the application online.

Don & Debbie Bankson Scholarship Endowment Fund

Don and Debbie are longtime residents of Shasta County with a passion to support and give back to the community they love. Through a donation of real property to the Shasta Regional Community Real Estate Foundation, this couple was able to seed a scholarship fund and fulfill their desire to help Shasta County youth pursue a college education. 

The Don and Debbie Bankson Scholarship Endowment Fund was established for the purpose of providing academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Shasta County. Scholarships are competitively awarded to students with excellent academics and a strong community-service background. Priority consideration is given to students who meet minimum service hours by volunteering at both Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the Behrens-Eaton House Museum. For details visit our online platform and review application criteria. 

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 L. Morris IIGregory 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 and Dolores 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. On June 30, 1979 he married the love of his life, Dolores Irene Smith Balcom. Affectionately known as “Dode”, she was born in 1931 and raised in Klamath Falls and Grants Pass Oregon. 

She grew up riding horses and enjoyed playing the clarinet in her school band. She and Jim had both raised their families when they met and fell in love, and decided to build the rest of their lives together, including melding both of their families into one.

They accomplished this by introducing traditions and creating a haven of peace and acceptance for every member of the family. They built their beautiful home in the woods, a retreat for all to visit, and with their strong love and core small town values embraced their friends and family with acceptance and love. Jim passed in 1997 and Dode joined him in 2017. Since 1998 this scholarship, now dedicated to both their memories, has helped local high school athletes attain their college dreams.

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.

Prudence Rose Kennedy Fund

The Prudence Rose Kennedy Fund was established in memory of Prudence. The fund awards grants and scholarships in the local community and beyond. 

Reach Higher Scholarship Fund

From their freshman to senior year, the scholarship of $250 may be renewed by the awarded student for a total scholarship of up to $1,000 at the end of four years. This scholarship aims to reward and motivate students EARLY in their high school careers and build a sense of hope for the pursuit of higher education. Annually, ten high school freshmen will be awarded $250 – funds will be held for final scholarship distribution when the awarded student successfully enrolls in a university. Eligibility requirements and the application are available online. Please visit our scholarship page for additional details. The mission of the Reach Higher Scholarship Fund is to make a difference in the community, as well as in individual students' lives, by focusing upon Shasta County students who are statistically unlikely to pursue a university education; ultimately increasing the percentage of our local high school graduates who pursue a university education. Open application period is March-April annually. 

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. 

The Redding Bank of Commerce Kenneth R. Gifford, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program

The Redding Bank of Commerce Kenneth R. Gifford, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program awards TEN, $1,000.00 scholarships each year.

One of the most pressing needs in higher education today is funding for scholarships. Scholarships allow deserving students to attain their educational goals, meet their professional objectives and succeed to their fullest ability. 

From our beginning in 1982, we have given back and participated in the communities that we serve. From education to volunteer time and donations we actively work hard to make our communities a better place to live.
Bank of Commerce recognizes that our continued success is contingent upon the health and vitality of the communities we serve. 

Taking action to improve the well-being of others is a community responsibility and commitment we’ve upheld since our inception in 1982. We value the opportunity to provide financial support to the youth in our communities.

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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.  

The Tri Counties Bank Scholarship program seeks to advance higher education for community-minded students. Tri Counties Bank competitively awards $1,500 scholarships to students attending a 4-year college/university and $1,000 for those attending community college. Awards will be made to the college-bound, economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement and business entrepreneurship – the three pillars of Tri Counties Bank’s mission to help to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our economically-disadvantaged youth.

Additionally, Tri Counties Bank offers a merit based scholarship opportunity for graduating high school students who display outstanding achievements in academics, community service, or business entrepreneurship. 



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