Scholarships


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. 

At-A-Glance 2020 Scholarship List
*For application links and additional information scroll down to view opportunities listed alphabetically*

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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Scholarship Questions? Email or call Miriam 530-244-1219


Current Awardee (2019) Information: 

Claim Your Scholarship Instructions - Click on this link if you are a current scholarship recipient looking for instructions to claim your award. 
*Note, Ivy B. Horr Medical Education Loan recipients should contact the Community Foundation at 530-244-1219 for additional instructions. 

Photo Release Form - If you are a scholarship recipient and would like to make your photo available to us for our marketing materials please download and complete this document, then email it to us with your photo.

2019 Scholarships and Loan Awards Report

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. 

 

Andy Peek Livestock Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - December 18th, 2019


Open Application Season: September - December annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior or undergraduate student
  • Presently or planning to attend a junior college, state college, or university
  • Plans to major in Agricultural Studies (with a special emphasis in the livestock industry)


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.

Balma Family Scholarship Fund Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Pioneer High School
  • Planning to attend Shasta College
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Brian W. Hicks Scholarship Fund


The Brian W. Hicks Scholarship Endowment Fund was established for the purpose of providing academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Shasta County. Scholarships are awarded to students based on merit, with emphasis on excellent academics and a strong community-service background. Priority consideration is given to students who meet minimum service hours by volunteering with organizations or at events that support U.S. Military Veterans.

Brian W. Hicks Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

Open Application Season: November - March annually


Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Shasta County graduating high school senior
  • Minimum GPA 3.5
  • Plans to attend a community college (with intent to transfer to a 4-year to complete a degree) OR 4-year college/university directly out of high school
  • Plans to pursue a degree in medicine, engineering, or music

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.

California Retired Teachers Association, Division 16 Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a CURRENT Shasta College student (for at least 2 years by end of spring 2020)
  • Plan to major in Education with intent to become a teacher
  • Will attend a 4-year school in Fall of 2020

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 ran 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.

Christine Begley Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating female from Anderson High School
  • Majoring in Education
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Plans to attend a community college OR 4-year college/university

Diane M. Gerard Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund has been created in the memory of Diane Millicent Gerard (née Binkley), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and community advocate, passed away on May 24, 2019 at the age of 85. Born in Vancouver, Washington on October 13, 1933, Diane was raised in the countryside in a log house built by her father. She attended one-room Proebstel School until 1941, when her family relocated to Klamath Falls. After graduating from Klamath Union High School, Diane attended Oregon State University, where she received a BS in Education in 1955. After college, Diane followed her dream to live at the beach and began her teaching career in Santa Cruz, California. 

While the allure of the sun and sand was powerful, greener pastures lay just over the mountains in Los Altos, where Diane transferred to teach kindergarten at Hillview School. It was not long before she captured the heart of fellow teacher, Louis Gerard, and on June 30, 1958 they were married in Los Altos. They relocated to Redding the following year to start their family. Diane and Lou raised their four children in Enterprise before decamping to Lower Springs in 1973, where they resided for 46 years. Although the home's destruction in the 2018 Carr Fire cast a substantial shadow on Diane's heart, she continued to look forward. 

Diane's public spirit was strong and as a citizen of Redding and Shasta she found a calling in community service. She was sought-after for her even keeled ability to think critically and problem-solve with balance and equity. As it was Diane's earnest pleasure to serve others, she devoted much of her life to civic work and served on several boards of directors and was active in many service organizations, among which include: Northern California Campfire Council, Shasta Service Guild, Shasta Historical Society, Shasta High Band and Musicals Boosters, United Way, KIXE public television, League of Women Voters, Shasta Republican Women, Rotary Inner Wheel, American Association of University Women, PEO, Shasta County Juvenile Justice Commission, School Attendance Review Board, Shasta County Grand Jury, Redding Museum, Turtle Bay Development Alliance, Episcopal Community Services, Great Valley Center Foundation, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Jefferson Public Radio, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, and Shasta County Board of Education - a post she held for 32 years. Honors include AAUW Woman of the Year (1981), Chamber of Commerce Virgil Covington Award (1993), and in 1994, Diane was honored Redding Citizen of the Year. 

Diane will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues who loved her grace, kindness, and intelligent sense of humor, and learned to count on her knowledge of local history, and guidance on politics and justice. 

Diane M. Gerard Scholarship Fund Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November - March annually

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current high school seniors or current college students (priority to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and/or students entering their teaching credential year)
  • Must have attended a public high school in Shasta County or Shasta College
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Student may attend a two- or four-year not-for-profit college in the coming year
  • Open to all majors, but priority to students majoring in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Education
  • Must demonstrate financial need by an EFC of $5,500 or less as indicated on their Student Aid Report (verification required) 

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. For details visit our scholarship page to review application criteria. 

Don & Debbie Bankson Scholarship Endowment Fund Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from a Shasta County High School
  • Volunteered a minimum of 100 hours within the community during high school
  • Minimum cumulative-weighted GPA of 3.5
  • Complete a tour at the Behrens-Eaton House Museum (documentation required)
  • Will attend a 4-year university or college the fall semester following high school graduation

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.

Donna Borlaug Citizen Scholarship Fund Application Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from Shasta High School AND graduated from Grant Elementary School (Redding, CA)
  • Community and school volunteer experience

      Click Here to Access the APPLICATION ONLINE

Dr. Donald and Ann Gleason Memorial Scholarship

The Gleasons established this fund to provide scholarships for qualified Shasta County students with financial needs seeking a college education in the medical field. Specifically, awards will be focused on students studying mental health, psychiatry, or pre-med studies. 

Dr. Donald and Ann Gleason Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

Open Application Season: November - March annually


Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Will graduate, or did graduate, from a Shasta County high school
  • Will pursue a medical education in one of the following fields: mental health, psychiatry, or pre-med studies
  • Demonstrates financial need by household situation and/or Student Aid Report (as generated by FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid application)

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. 

Dr. Frank L. Doane Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior who has resided in Tehama County for over three years
  • Plan to pursue a career as a nurse (obtaining a Bachelors Degree) 
  • Will attend a 4-year college or university the fall semester following high school graduation

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 friends have since contributed to the fund to establish an ongoing scholarship recognizing the importance and value of nurturing friendships throughout a lifetime.

FWF '62 Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating female from Shasta High School in Redding, CA

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. 

Glen Hawk Sr. Scholarship Fund Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from Shasta High School in Redding, CA
  • Has taken CTE (Career & Technical Education) courses while attending Shasta High School
  • Plans to pursue 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 Farmers of America 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. 

Gregory L. Morris II Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from Foothill High School, Palo Cedro
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Plans to pursue a degree in the field of science
  • Plans to attend a 4-year college/university the fall semester following high school graduation

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.

Ivy B. Horr Medical Education Loan Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually

 

***This is a low-interest STUDENT LOAN*** 

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Pursuing a medical education or currently enrolled in medical education/training at a college or university
  • Been a resident for at least 4 years in Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Modoc, Trinity, or Siskiyou counties
  • Attended all 4 years of high school in Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Modoc, Trinity, or Siskiyou counties and graduated (or will graduate) from a high school in one of the listed counties.
  • If currently in college previous college year GPA minimum cumulative must be: 2.2(Freshman), 2.35(Sophomore), 2.5(Junior)


Jackson Family Scholarship

The Jackson Family scholarship was originally established in 2007 to support promising students in nurse training programs. The donors decided to focus on nursing because they both recognized the important contributions nurses make to patients’ well-being, and the increased need for well-trained nurses in the future. Through these awards, the Jackson Family Scholarship Fund will make positive contributions to excellent students and help build the nursing workforce of the future. 

In 2019 the fund moved to the Community Foundation with the intent to support students specifically in the North State region. Scholarship awards will be made to students who are either seeking to enter the nursing profession or who are currently in the nursing profession and wish to obtain a higher level of certification in the nursing field (LVN to RN, RN to BSN). Applicants must have completed at least 2 semesters that are applicable to their nursing degree. Priority consideration will be given to nurses who plan to work in the California “North State”. 

Jackson Family Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

  
Open Application Season: November – March annually 

Eligibility Criteria: 
  • Has intent to attend an accredited nursing program to obtain an RN or BSN degree 
  • Must have completed at least 2 semesters that are applicable to the nursing degree (verification required)*High school CTE courses not applicable* 
  • Will be a student at an accredited 2- or 4-year school the fall semester following award application 
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (if applicable) 
  • Have demonstrated financial need (verification required)  

Click Here to Access the APPLICATION ONLINE

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.


Jim and Dolores Cusick Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from Weed High School in Weed, CA
  • Participated in sports at Weed High School

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.

Kelly Moravec Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating High School Senior from: Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity counites OR Attending Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital School in Palo Alto, CA
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Dealing with, or have dealt with, a serious medical adversity

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.

Ken Putnam Choral Music Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from Shasta High School
  • Participated in Shasta High School Choral Music Program for two or more years
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

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 their school and community. Students must be an active, due paying member of their high school Key Club. 

Key Club Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Shasta High School, Foothill High School, or Enterprise High School
  • Active, due paying, member of your school’s Key Club

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.

Matt Solus Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from a Siskiyou County High School OR currently attending College of the Siskiyous
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Planning to major in, or show a strong interest in, police or fire science

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

The Merchants 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. We commit to give back and participate 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. 

Merchants 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 fully believe in and commit to. We value the opportunity to provide financial support to the youth in our communities.


Merchants Bank of Commerce Kenneth R. Gifford, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior attending school in one of theses eligible counties: 
       *Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Placer, Sacramento*
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA during senior year of high school
  • Plans to enroll as a full-time college student the fall semester following high school graduation
  • May NOT be an employee, and is NOT a family member of an employee of Merchants Bank of Commerce

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.

Mt. Shasta Athletic Boosters Club Memorial Scholarships (Sally Garcia and Robert McGregor) Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

Robert McGregor and Sally Garcia Memorial Scholarship Awards

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Mt. Shasta High School
  •  Lettered in a sport for at least two years
  • Received one letter at the varsity level

*Additional award opportunities  may be offered through the Booster Club directly. Please contact Mt. Shasta High School for details*

Nicholas Gaynor Memorial Fund

The Nicholas Gaynor Scholarship Fund was created by his mother, Maureen, and Grandmother, Patricia, to honor the life of Nicholas. 

Nicholas was born with a rare heart condition, Tetralogy of Fallot. He died at home in December 1988 after complications from open heart surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, at the age of 18 months old. The nursing staff at Stanford were phenomenal in caring for Nicholas and providing support to the family at such a tragic time. To honor Nicholas’ short life and the nursing team, this scholarship will be used to provide financial support to local students seeking a career in nursing. 








Nicholas Gaynor Memorial Fund Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


Open Application Season: November - March annually

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current high school seniors or current college students 
  • Must have attended a high school in one of the eligible counties: Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Siskiyou, or Modoc
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Student plans to obtain a RN degree at an accredited 2-year school or BSN degree at an accredited 4-year school
  • Must demonstrate financial need by an Estimated Family Contribution of $5,500 or less (as listed on applicant’s Student Aid Report)


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. 


Prudence Rose Kennedy Fund Awards Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

The Prudence Rose Kennedy Fund offers three scholarship award categories. 


Mt. Shasta High School in Mt. Shasta, CA Award

Open Application Season: November - March annually

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • High School senior graduating from Mt. Shasta High School in Mt. Shasta, CA 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Participated in athletics and/or music in high school 
  • Plan to attend community college or 4-year college/university the fall following graduation

 
Enterprise High School in Redding, CA Award

Open Application Season: November - March annually

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • High School senior graduating from Enterprise High School in Redding, CA 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Participated in athletics and/or music in high school 
  • Plan to attend community college or 4-year college/university the fall following graduation

Severe Medical Adversity Award

Open Application Season: November - March annually

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • High School senior graduating from one of the following counties OR an undergraduate student with Cystic Fibrosis from one of the following counties: Butte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity* 
  • Diagnosed with a severe medical condition (preferred consideration for students diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis) 
  • Plan to attend an accredited trade school, community college or 4-year college/university the fall after graduation

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 February through March annually. 

Reach Higher Scholarship Fund Deadline: The Application Period Is Closed


High School FRESHMAN Opportunity!


Open Application Season: February - March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Freshman at a Shasta County high school
  • Neither parent has a Bachelor’s degree
  • Qualify for the "free and reduced lunch program" at school
  • Committed to completing all A-G (college prep) requirements by end of senior year with a minimum average GPA of 3.0
  • Student plans to ultimately earn a Bachelor’s degree (may start at a community college or a four-year university)

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 College Scholarship or Community/Technical School Grant Program online. 

REU Powering Redding’s Future Scholarships and Grants Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


College Scholarship

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a REU customer living in REU's service area or have an REU customer as a legal guardian
  • Current High School Senior OR currently enrolled in a post-secondary school (community college, college/university, technical school)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Will attend a 4-year college or university full-time the fall semester following application
  • Plan to obtain a qualifying STEM degree (view list HERE
City of Redding employees and their immediate family (spouse, children, and siblings) are ineligible for this scholarship.


Community College and Technical School Scholarship

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a REU customer living in REU's service area or have an REU customer as a legal guardian
  • Current High School Senior OR currently enrolled in an accredited community college or technical school
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Will attend a community college or technical school full-time the fall semester following application 
City of Redding employees and their immediate family (spouse, children, and siblings) are ineligible for this scholarship.

Savage Scholarship Fund

Pat and Jackie Savage established this scholarship fund to help motivated students who want a better life for themselves, and to give them a chance to join the world of work as soon as possible with training and confidence. Renewable awards will be given to students who demonstrate initiative, maintain a C+ GPA minimum, and who wish to go to an eligible college or trade school. Graduating high school seniors from Southern Trinity High School are invited to apply. In 2019 one student will be selected for an award of $2,000 to be paid out over four semesters at $500 per semester. In future years the scholarship opportunity will be offered to additional high schools in Trinity and Shasta counties. 

“The privilege to work is a gift
The power to work is a blessing
The love of work is success
-Anonymous” 

    

Savage Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

  
Open Application Season: November – March annually

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Graduating from Southern Trinity High School 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 (C+)
  • Has financial need demonstrated by household situation and/or Student Aid Report (as generated by FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid application)
  • Will attend an accredited trade school OR one of the eligible schools listed following high school graduation. Eligible schools: Institute of Technology in Redding, College of the Redwoods, Butte College, Shasta College, Chico State, Humboldt State.


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 who have played golf in high school or junior golf programs, and are are planning to pursue 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. 

Top of the State Application Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020


HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating from a high school in Shasta or Tehama county
  • Plays organized Junior Golf or played on a High School Golf Team
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be an undergraduate student the fall semester following high school graduation


RENEWALS – UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recipient of the Top of the State Jr. Golf Scholarship in previous years
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be an undergraduate student the fall semester following high school graduation

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. 

Tri Counties Bank Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday - March 11, 2020

INCOME-BASED AWARD

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior from a county listed below:
 Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Yolo, Yuba
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 or less - verification required via completion of the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Financial Aid application
  • Be an undergraduate student the fall semester following high school graduation


MERIT AWARD

Open Application Season: November – March annually


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior from a county listed below:
Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, 
San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, 
Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Yolo, Yuba
  • Weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Displayed outstanding achievements in academics, community service, and/or business entrepreneurship during high school career
  • Be an undergraduate student the fall semester following high school graduation



Additional Scholarship Opportunities Locally

Other Scholarship Database: Local opportunities for college-bound students. The list is managed and updated by Reach Higher Shasta.

College Options Summer Program Scholarship:  Assists Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity County 9th – 11th graders to attend academic enrichment (“pre-college”) programs on college campuses throughout the United States or internationally.  This program allows local students to have a college experience by taking classes, living in residence halls and interacting with students from other parts of California, the nation and the world.

 

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