The application is now closed for the 2020/2021 Scholarship season. Thank you to all of you that submitted applications. We are so proud of all your hard work and accomplishments! We will forward your applications to the scholarship sponsors, and you will be notified in April or May if you are awarded a scholarship.
HOW OUR PROGRAM WORKS
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 (2000 characters or approximately 350 words 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, from 2/4/21 to 3/5/21). 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.
SUMMARY OF CVEF SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO CASTRO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADUATING SENIORS:
The Karen Gelender Social Changemaker Scholarship: The Karen Gelender Social Changemaker Award is a community effort to honor the legacy of Karen Lou Gelender, who passed away in 2020. This award of $2,500 is for a graduating CVUSD senior who is committed to the pursuit of racial and social justice. Students with all post-graduation plans are welcome to apply. Students will be asked to describe their vision of a more just and equitable world, and how they seem themselves as a changemaker.
Nicholas “Dubb” Whitaker Memorial Scholarship: $5,000 for a high school senior who is currently part of the Leadership program at one of the CVUSD high schools. Students will be asked to tell us how they exhibit positive leadership traits to uplift others. Sponsors may request a video interview with the finalists.
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.
The Mary Jubb Memorial Scholarship: (3) $1,500 scholarships in honor of Mary Jubb, who died too young of cancer in 2014. She is remembered for her friendly attitude, compassion, and for always wearing her heart on her sleeve. This scholarship for someone who demonstrated above-and-beyond compassion, humor and sincerity for others in a time of need. Extra consideration given to those looking to be nurses, doctors, or other medical careers. Students will be asked to tell us a short story of how you helped someone in a time of need.
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: Amount and number of scholarships TBD 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: (2) $22,000 scholarships (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. To sign up for PTSA, go here: https://castrovalleyhigh-ptsa.myschoolcentral.com/ptaez/(S(tg5y0wcb1gsuiur5qnnf1erx))/apps/webstore/pages/WebStore.aspx
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: (4) $500 scholarships 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.
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: (4) $2500 scholarships 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.
Eden Medical Center Nursing Scholarship: $5000 to be given to 2 or more students (# of scholarships TBD). For an outstanding pre-nursing student(s) who is seeking a career in this vital health service profession.