To make it easy for the students, Castro Valley Educational Foundation provides ONE application on our website with all the available scholarships available to CVUSD Seniors. In February of each year, we have a Scholarship Night for all seniors to learn about what scholarships we are offering that year, and how to apply. The student can apply for one or many scholarships (in 2020, we gave out 56 scholarships, totaling $99,250). Some scholarships require a short essay response (750 characters maximum) to tell the sponsor why they qualify for that scholarship, or to answer the sponsor’s question. The seniors will have a window to complete their applications (this year it will be 4 weeks). The sponsors or CVEF Scholarship Committee members will review the applications, and choose a winner for each scholarship. The award winners will be announced at Senior Awards night in May. Winners will be given a check or the money will be mailed to their college. The details will depend on the sponsor or scholarship requirements.


Help our Castro Valley students succeed in accomplishing their life goals by becoming a scholarship sponsor/donor. You can sponsor a scholarship with a donation of as little as $500. It is a great way to show your support for the community while also promoting your business, remembering a loved one, supporting a cause, or encouraging our young people toward a particular career path. 


The Castro Valley Educational Foundation will help you create a scholarship that meets your particular needs and desires. Our scholarship coordinators will walk you through the steps to establish your scholarship, then handle promotion, administration, selection, and the award process for you. All contributions made to CVEF are fully tax-deductible and will be used 100% to fund scholarships. We want to make it easy for you to support our students!

To become a scholarship sponsor or to get more information, contact Sara Mascio at


Kathryn L. Ragg Memorial Scholarship: $1500 for student interested in the following careers:  teacher, medicine, nursing, or healthcare.  Student applicants must have been accepted into an at least a 2-year program at time of graduating from a CVUSD High School. Students must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Joseph Matteucci Memorial Scholarship:  $1,000 for a student who is interested in a career in law enforcement, criminal justice or any career that promotes violence prevention.

CVHS Class of 91 Public Service Scholarship:  $1,000 for a student who intends to pursue a career in public service or the not for profit sector.

Charles Duerig Memorial Scholarship:  $500 for an outstanding student who has interests in engineering, band, running sports, Boy Scouts, mountaineering, or attending Cornell University and who has a passion for math, science, and adventure.

Leslie Rothwell Memorial Scholarship:  $1,000 scholarship is available for a student attending a 2 year college or vocational school and who has overcome obstacles in their life to achieve their education.  No minimum GPA.  Leslie Rothwell dedicated her career to helping young people as a special education teacher, Principal of Vannoy Grammar School and principal of CV High School.  She was kind, generous, a great listener and always fun to be around. Her life was cut way too short when she got cancer and died on June 15, 2017 at the age of 64.

Lauren C. Poon, M.D. Memorial Scholarships:  $1,000 for an outstanding student desiring a career in medicine, public health, or the allied health professions. 

Joe and Elaine Pasqual Scholarship:  (2) $1,000 for a student who desires a career as an elementary or secondary educator.

Dr. Mary Jane Stamm Memorial Scholarship:  $22,000 (renewable for $5,500 per year a maximum of 4 years for a total of $22,000) to a meritorious student who demonstrates financial need and is a resident of Castro Valley.   The Dr. Mary Jane Stamm Scholarship funds can be used for college tuition only.  There are no exceptions.  Final award of the scholarship is dependent on the award recipient providing the financial aid letter for the school they enroll.  If a student receives a full ride scholarship or financial aid package that covers all of their tuition, they are not eligible for the Dr. Mary Jane Stamm Memorial Scholarship.

CVEF Teaching Scholarship:  $1000 for an outstanding student seeking a career in teaching.

CVEF Science Scholarship:  $1000 for an outstanding student who has demonstrated strength in the sciences.

Dr. Neal Fong Memorial Scholarship:  $500 for a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, compassion and respect for others, and integrity in personal belief.

CVHS PTSA Scholarship:  $500 for a student who is a member of the PTSA (before 3/5/21) and has demonstrated outstanding community service.

Oh the Places You’ll Go! Scholarship — In Honor of Amanda Korbas:  $500 for an outstanding hard working student who has the desire to go places.  This award recognizes the Korbas Family’s love of travel.  Minimum GPA 3.5.

Lynn Pletcher Memorial Scholarship:  (2) $1,000 for a student who has overcome obstacles in their life to achieve their education.

CVAF Scholarships:  Amount and value of scholarships TBD.  For a student who has made significant contributions to performing arts/visual arts in the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.  The student must have participated in various productions/events held at the Center in drama/performance, choral or instrumental music/performance, artist/exhibit, or technical theater support.

Eden Medical Center Nursing Scholarship: Amount and value of scholarships TBD.  For an outstanding pre-nursing student who is seeking a career in this vital health service profession.

CVHS Athletic Boosters Scholarships:  (4) $500 scholarships for a student athlete who has participated in varsity sports at CVHS and has used athletics to enrich their lives or the lives of others.  Letter of recommendation required from current or former CVHS or club team coach.

Castro Valley Women’s Club Scholarships:  (3) $1,000 scholarships for a female student who has participated in community service, student government and/or extra-curricular activities and who plans to attend a four-year college, community college or accredited vocational school.  Minimum GPA 3.5.  If you would like to qualify for the CV Women’s Club Scholarship, please tell us about any obstacles you have overcome in order to be at this point in your life.  What or who has inspired you to succeed and pursue your academic dream?  How do you see your academic dream positively affecting your community and/or the world at large?

Castro Valley Rotary Scholarships:  Amount and value of scholarships TBD.  Scholarships are awarded to students based on their academic achievement, financial need, community service, student involvement, and extra-curricular activities.

Teri Jokerst Scholarship:  $1,000 for a student in the special education program who wants to continue their education.  This scholarship was established in 2015 by Ed Jokerst and the Castro Valley Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma to honor the late Teri Jokerst.  Teri was a dedicated special education teacher at Castro Valley High and a tireless advocate for students with special needs.

Supriya Bhat Memorial Scholarship:  (2) $1,000 for a student who has demonstrated experience and is pursuing a career in social impact/justice, with special interest in helping disadvantaged communities. This scholarship is available for any graduating senior from Castro Valley High School planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.0. After graduating from UCLA and Santa Clara Law School, Supriya Bhat served as a Public Defender and was dedicated to helping people from all walks of life and ensuring they received fair and just treatment.

Grace DeForest Niemcziek Scholarship:  $5,000 for a student who has demonstrated strength of character and a desire to make a difference.

Castro Valley Science Scholarship:  (2) $500 scholarships for students who have demonstrated excellence in science and engineering, with preference towards those demonstrating excellence in Science Olympiad competition. These scholarships are available for any graduating senior from Castro Valley High School planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university.  Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Donald L. “Dobie” Gelles Memorial Scholarship:  $500 for a student who will be attending Las Positas College or Chabot College and who intends to pursue a career in primary, secondary or post-secondary education.  This includes teaching, counseling, school administration, special education or other education related profession.