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Scholarships
 
Scholarships are free money for college and are usually based on your area of study or merit, such as good grades, high test scores, athletic, musical or other special talents, leadership, community service and sometimes financial need. The scholarships listed below are for mainly high school seniors unless otherwise indicated. Most of the scholarships are sponsored by outside donors. You must complete the applications and send to the address indicated unless it is noted to specifically turn in the applications to Mr. Atkins or Mrs. Dahl in the office. Summerville High School/Connections VPAA High School is fortunate to have many scholarships that are exclusive to our seniors. Scholarship application deadlines vary, so please look at the details.
 

Scholarships posted below are by due date.

If there is red lettering there is a link to an application and/or more information. 

Columbia Community College Promise Scholarship OPEN NOW-

The Fire: Free Speech Essay Contest– Due Dec 31. $10,000, $5,000, $1000, and $500 prizes.

Medical Assisting Scholarship Award-  Due December 31. $2000 Video Essay Scholarship Competition

2017 Future of Assisted Living Scholarship– Due December 31, 2017. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to three (3) individual students who write the most compelling essay as judged by SeniorAdvisor.com staff.

Alert1 Senior Scholarship– Due January 10. $250. 

San Joaquin Engineers Council Scholarship– Due January 12, 2019. $2000 to 5 student

Rotary Making a Difference Speech Contest-TBD. Eprosen House Twain Harte. Topic is “Making a Difference”. See Mr. Atkins for More Information

Hispanic Scholarship Fund– Opens Jan 6- Deadline April 26th-$500-$5000

  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Sonora Elks Club Legacy Scholarship– Due February 1. $4000.  For children and grandchildren of living Elk members in good standing.

Sonora Lions Club Student Speakers Contest- TBD. Multiple levels, $100 local and up to $21,000 national level. See Mr. Atkins to sign up. The topic is “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?”

VFW Post 4748 Scholarship- $500. Due February 8. LOCAL. Turn in scholarship profile and typed essay answering the prompt “What does Patriotism Mean to Me?” to Mr. Atkins

WACE Scholarships– Due Feb 15, 2019. must apply to one of the following schools. Clarkson Univ, Drexel Univ, Johnson and Wales Univ, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Tech, State University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, Wentworth Institute of Tech. GPA 3.5 or higher GPA. 

 

DAR Scholarship- Daughters of the American Revolution– Due Feb 15th. Multiple schoarlarships. NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education

Sierra Pacific Foundation Scholarship– Due February 22. $500-$5000 per year. Any dependent child of a full-time, Sierra Pacific Industries employee. Applications available here on December 15th. For Seniors. FAQ’s click here

Perricone-Hobbin-Hodge Scholarship- Due February 23. $15,0000. LOCAL. Seniors only. Tuolumne County Board of Education offers two $15,000 scholarships for Tuolumne County Public High School graduates. Turn in to Mr. Atkins by February 23.

  • Requirements: 1. Must be admitted to and plan on attending a UC school as a full time student 2. Turn in scholarship profile. 3. Turn in two current letters of recommendation. 4. 1-2 page essay discussing a significant high school learning experience or project, their goals for college and their future plans. 5. Top candidates may be asked to interview with the scholarship committee

TWIST– The Women’s Improvement Society of Tuolumne 2019 Scholarships- Due Feb 28th. LOCAL Multiple scholarships up to $1000 each. Must live in the Tuolumne township area. See Map. 2.0 or Greater. Seniors only. Must use funds for college or trade school. See application for further instructions (letters of rec and essay)

Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program– Full Ride. Due Feb 28th. See link.

Elks Vocational Trade School/Tech School Scholarship– Due by March 1st, 2019. $500-$2000 given by Sonora Elks Club for students going to directly to a career training program (Fire Academy, EMT/EMS, Cosmetology, dental hygiene, CTE programs at Columbia, nursing, etc.) 

Adventist Health Volunteer Scholarship–  UPDATED REQUIREMENTS Due March 1. $500. LOCAL. Seniors who will be preparing to work in a medically related field (major). Fill out application and mail in or give to Mr. Atkins.**

California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships– Due March 8, 2019. Three 4-year UC or CSU $8,000 scholarships and 3-2 year $2000 community college scholarships. If your parent or legal guardian is employed by a winegrape grower APPLY.

Smyth-Bolter Post 58- American Legion Scholarship– Due March 10th. $500. LOCAL. Multiple scholarships. Seniors. See application for further instructions. Requires proof of relative’s veteran status (DD form 214), letters of rec, etc.

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THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ALL LOCAL, ARE FOR SENIORS,  AND ARE DUE BY MARCH 14th. . Most require only a scholarship profile. Print out a separate scholarship profile for each scholarship you wish to apply to along with the name of the scholarship at the top of the profile. You can also share it via Google Docs with Mr. Atkins

Summerville Elementary Alumni Scholarship- Due March 14. Awards vary. Avg. $100. For students who graduated from Summerville Elementary School. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

John Hodge Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14. Award $ varies. Student-Athletes. Turn in scholarship profile and answer the following to Mr. Atkins

Bear Boosters Scholarship- Due March 14. $500. For students who have had Summerville High Athletics shape their future plans and contributed to the person they are today. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Include Personal Statement: Please limit to one page and attach to this application. Discuss athletic factors (i.e., experiences, mentors, teams) during your time at Summerville High School that have shaped your future plans and contributed to the person you are today. Include your scholarship profile and turn in to Mr. Atkins

Cal Alumni Club of Tuolumne County- Due March 14. $500. For students going to a UC. Preference for students going to Berkeley. Scholarship profile due to Mr. Atkins

Cary Wingo Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14. $ varies. Students going into nursing or service industry. Scholarship profile due to Mr. Atkins

Chris Anderson Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14. $500. In memory of Summerville High Grad Chris Anderson. Student involved in athletics, loves the outdoors, strong character, and pursuing higher education. Profile due to Mr. Atkins

Bass Family Scholarship- Due March 14th. $400.   For relatives of current or retired fire service members. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Black Oak Casino Scholarship- Due March 14th. $1000. For a dependent of a Black Oak Casino Employee. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Bryce Matthew Sanguinetti Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14th. $500.  Students involved in leadership activities AND at least 2 or 3 sport athlete planning to continue in sports. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins.

Kathleen Calestini Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14th. $500.  Graduate of Sonora Elementary. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Sonora Elementary Scholarship- Due March 14th. $500.  Graduate of Sonora Elementary. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Cory D. White Scholarship. Due March 14th $500.  Students pursuing a career in the medical field or humanities. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Tuolumne County Farm Bureau- Due March 14th. $500.  For students pursuing a career in the ag industry. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Deputy David Paul Grant Memorial Scholarship. $500. Due March 14th.  Students pursuing a career in law enforcement and/or Emergency Medical Training & Fire Science. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Reb and Susan Silay Scholarship- $500. Due March 14. 2-4 year trade school or college. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Teresa Mary Thors Scholarship- Due March 14th. $500. For a student who is disabled. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Wes and Ruth Wyllie Memorial Art Scholarship- Due March 14th. $1000. Students pursuing a degree in fine or graphic arts.

Bruce Paxton Memorial- Due March 14th. $1000. Students pursuing a 2 year or 4 year degree in Music. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse- Due March 14th. $500. Students pursuing an ag related career. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Sierra Quilt Guild- Due March 14th. $500. Students pursuing a career in textile or fiber art/sewing. Separate application required. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Eva Schicke Memorial Scholarship. Due March 14th. $500. Student pursuing a FIRE SCIENCE career/major.

Ron Arington Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14. 2 $500 awards. LOCAL Criteria= 1. Agricultural Major  or Related fields to Ag (welding, ag. business, etc.) See Mr. Atkins for the application. Seniors only. Include in your application the following: 1. Name, address and phone number 2. School, GPA and class ranking (verified by GLC) 3. Describe employment experience(s) past/present 4. List school activities and community involvement 5. Future plans, goals and reasons for pursuing those plans and goals 6. A brief (one or two paragraphs) autobiography including family, recreational interests and why you feel you are deserving of this award and your financial needs.

Tuolumne County 4-H Scholarships– Due April 1 to the Tuolumne COunty 4-H Office by 5pm. 3 scholarships of $500 each. LOCAL A. Ros Roberts  B. Bonnie Scroggs C. Jeanne Thompson Criteria 1. In at least the 4th year of 4-H membership at the time of application  2. Must show interest and involvement in activities at the club level and beyond 3. Plan to attend a specialized vocational school, community college, or 4 year school. See link for required documentation needed and further instructions.

Pat Dean Medical Memorial Scholarship- Due March 14. $500. LOCAL. Seniors. Students interested in pursuing a medical related career/major. Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins.

These Scholarships require the personal statement AND an essay.

Captain John T. Berger Scholarship- Due March 14th.  $1,200. Student pursuing a major in aeronautics, aviation and/or space, public safety, or law enforcement. 3.0 GPA.  ESSAY- What do you love about this country? Turn in scholarship profile and essay to Mr. Atkins.

HealthLit Now Scholarship- Due March 14th. $500.  Students pursuing a certificated healthcare field (animal/human). 2.5 min. GPA. ESSAY- Why the Health Care Path?  Turn in scholarship profile to Mr. Atkins

Restivo Music Scholarship- Due March 14th. $500. Students currently involved in music. Student continuing as a music student in college. ESSAY- Why Music is important to you and the community.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Iota Epsilon Chapter- Due March 14. $250. LOCAL Criteria. 1. Entering the field of education  2. Summerville Scholarship Profile 3. Address a letter to the scholarship committee following the format HERE 4. Seniors only.

Aspen Street Architects Scholarship- Vincent Lee Memorial- Due March 14. $500. Seniors only. A. Minimum 3.0 GPA   B. Career/Course of Study Architecture or Engineering C. Provide an essay addressing your educational and future goals related to your interest in either the architectural or engineering fields. Also, what interests you in this particular field, what is driving you to select this particular path? And what do you hope to participate in or solve when you are a professional architect or engineer?  D. Include you scholarship profile.

Kiwanis Club Vocational Scholarship- Due March  14. $500. LOCAL.  Students pursuing a trade, tech school, or career training. Scholarship Profile due to Mr. Atkins.

E Clampus Vitus “Orphan” Scholarship- Due March 14. $500. Seniors LOCAL. A. 2.5 GPA minimum. B. Essay explaining the importance of preserving western history C. Child of “Clamper” preferred but not required

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Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship– Due March 14. Requirements. 3.2 GPA  and meet one of the following sets of requirements 1) Are Roman Catholic AND of Italian descent OR 2) if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the student must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent. For questions call 1-888-423-1924

Caners Foundation Horticulture Scholarship– Due March 154, 2018. For students interested in majoring in Horticulture or Agribusiness related to horticulture only. 2 letters of recommendations. Current transcripts. Email chris@agamsi.com with questions.

Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California- Due March 14. $500. Portuguese descent. Senior. 3.5 weighted GPA. 3 years of extra-curricular activities. 3 letters of recommendation. One must be from Principal or counselor verifying participation. 1 from a high school teacher. Essay and application. See Mr. Atkins for the application.

Jennie Evans and Linda Linda Duff Memorial Scholarships–  (TCAR) Due March 14, 2018. LOCAL  Application is attached 1. Pursuing a career in the business field. 2). Full-time student at a community college or accredited college or university. 3). Two letters of recommendation from an instructor, counselor, etc. 4). Copy of most current transcripts.

Tuolumne County Bar- Patrick Angermiller Memorial Scholarship- $1000. Due March 14. For students interested in a career in a law. Scholarship profile and a short personal statement about their interest in law due to Mr. Atkins

FIDM National Scholarship Competition– Due March 29, 2019. $$$. bit.ly/FIDMscholarship

Father Gilmartin Memorial Scholarship– Young Ladies’ Institute Patricia #79- Due March 27. $750.  LOCAL. Must be postmarked by March 30th. See the attached application.

Vietnam Veteran’s of America- Chapter 391 Scholarship– LOCAL Due March 31. Multiple $1000 scholarships. 1. Complete application 2. Photocopy of the veteran’s DD form 214 (Armed Forces of the US Report of Transfer or Discharge). 3. A photocopy of your high school transcripts. 4. Evidence of your planned college to attend 5. Two (2) essays, typed, double spaced answering the following: a. What does being an American mean to you? 250-300 words b. How do you feel about a young man or woman joining the military and serving their country? Could you make the decision to do so? Why or why not. 250-300 words.

Young American Creative Patriotic Arts Contest– Due March 31. Local $$ and $5000 national.

Signal Services Scholarship- Due March 31. $250. Semi-Local (Angels Camp). Please email your scholarship profile to valerie@signalservices.com by March 31st. If you are adding it as an attachment from Google Drive make sure you give her viewing privileges.

Sue Griffiths Small Livestock Scholarship– Due April 1st. $500. LOCAL See link for further instructions.

Bob and Joanne Miller Memorial Scholarship– Due April 1st. $500. LOCAL See link for further instructions.

Omega Nu Scholarship-Due April 1st. 2 $1000 scholarships. Female seniors. Based GPA, on need, and community involvement. Standard scholarship profile due to Mr. Atkins

Twain Harte Soroptimist Scholarship- Due April 6th. Multiple awards. $$$ LOCAL. Seniors only. Scholarship profile due to Mr. Atkins.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund– Opens Jan 6- Deadline April 26th-$500-$5000

Must be of Hispanic Heritage

Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students

Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)

U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)

Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Yosemite Community Scholarship– Due April 15. Current Senior. At least one parent or guardian must have worked for at least 6 of the previous 12 months within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park, the El Portal Administrative Site, or the NPS office in Mariposa for either NPS, YHS, TAAG, YC, NB, or MCUSD. The student must have lived with this parent or guardian at least 50% of the year.

Major Lucas Gruenther Memorial Scholarship– Due April 19, 2019. $2,222.22 per year up to four years! Awarded to a Senior at Summerville High School annually who emulates Luc’s spirit
and tenacity for life. This scholarship honors the memory and life of Major Lucas “GAZA”
Gruenther a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot who lost his life while flying a night training mission
over the Adriatic Sea.This scholarship is open to Summerville High School Seniors who are US Citizens and have the spirit and ambition to advance them-selves and benefit the community while Living Like Luc.

 

AFC Visionary Scholarship– Due May 1, 2018- $5000 See website

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship– Due June 1. $1,000 scholarship available to future college students who play or have played sports at the high school level. This years high school seniors are eligible to apply if they will be attending college next year.

Past Due

Seattle University Full Ride– Sullivan Leadership Scholarship- $$$ Due Nov 30, 2018. 

Central Valley Automotive Scholarship– Due Dec. 1, 2017.$5,000 for the Gold winner, $3,000 for Silver and $2,000 for Bronze – to a Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras or Tuolumne County high school football player. Must be high school seniors and played varsity football in Fall 2017, plan to attend a two- or four-year college full-time. 2.5 GPA.

Sonora Elks Club Most Valuable Student- Due November 15. Local $500-$1000 with potential for $12,500 per year ***Awarded more points if you have volunteered at Elks’ events. Contact Will Reich 533-2626 for more information about volunteering or help with the application. Please let Mr. Atkins know if you plan on applying. ***More than one local student can earn the ELKS most valuable. YOU DO NOT need to be a member or have family in ELKS. We had 8 from Summerville win last year. SO APPLY!

DAR Good Citizens Award- Due November 1. $500. 

Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Scholarship– Due Oct. 31. $100’s local, $30,000 national. Visit the website or get an application from the office.

Coca-Cola Scholarships– Due Oct. 31. $$$

Front Porch STEM Scholarship– Due Oct 3rd to Mr. Atkins by 3pm. $4000 per year!

  • Complete your high school’s standard scholarship application form (please include your
    email address)
  • Completion of at least three years of science and three years of math
  • One-page essay answering the prompt " Why I plan to continue studying science and/or
    math" (Essays can be on either math or science; they do not need to be on both)
  • Reside in Tuolumne County
    Applications will be ranked by (not necessarily in this order):
     GPA
     Essay
     Science/math related extracurricular projects. Please provide detailed
    information/examples where possible.
     Other information provided in your high school’s standard scholarship application
     Financial need
  • Young Arts Foundation Scholarship– Due Oct 12, 2018. $$$ For visual, design or performing artists between ages of 15-18. Cash up to $10,000. Take classes with accomplished artists.