Visalia Education Foundation

Student Scholarships

The Visalia Education Foundation awards about $50,000 in scholarships to Visalia Unified School District high school seniors each year. Over 135 applications were received from the 2020 seniors.


The following scholarships are available for 2021 VUSD Seniors:

1.              Annie Mitchell Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $2,000
Financial needs will not be a determining factor. This student must have a 3.5 or better grade point average and be continuing their studies in the area of education or history. Student receiving scholarship must be enrolled in college full time.
2.             Chan Asian-American Scholarship:  1 @ $500
For a student of Asian/American descent, strong academics and contributions to school and/or community.  Student must have a 3.0 grade point average or better.
3.              Evelyn M. Alexander Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $7,500
This scholarship is for a Redwood High School student based on financial need.  Recipient must have been accepted to a four-year college or university and must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Extra-curricular activities will be reviewed.
4.         Frances Cutler Memorial Scholarship:  1 @ $2,000
Financial need will not be a determining factor. This student must have a 3.5 or better grade point average. Student receiving scholarship must be enrolled in college full time.  
5.       Marguerite R. Sheklian Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $500
This scholarship is in honor of former Visalia Unified teacher and assistant principal Marguerite Sheklian. The scholarship is for a student with at least a 3.5 GPA who is pursuing a career in education and has been active in school, faith, and community activities.
6. Visalia Education Foundation Alternative Education Scholarship: 2 @ $500
This scholarship is for an accomplished student enrolled in a Visalia Unified School District Alternative Education program and who has been active in community service. Grade point average must be at least a 3.2.
7.      Visalia Education Foundation Community Scholarship: 5 @ $250
One scholarship will be awarded to each high school for an outstanding and deserving student.  Student must have a 3.0 grade point average or better.
8.             Visalia Education Foundation Scholarship: 8 @ $1000
For students who have been involved in performing or visual arts most of their high school years. Your letter of recommendation should come from a teacher in the arts. Grade point average must be at least a 3.5. Two scholarships will be awarded to each of the four high schools.  
9.             Visalia Women’s Civic Club: 2 @ $500
This student must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Students pursuing certificates of completion in a program, i.e. fire, police, medical. EMT from an accredited school will be considered.
10.           Jean (Sortor) Winkler Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $1000
This scholarship is in honor of former Visalia Unified teacher Jean (Sortor) Winkler. The scholarship is intended for a student with at least a 3.5 GPA who has been actively participating in VUSD music programs and whose goal is to become a teacher.          
11.            Nick Winkler Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $1000
This scholarship is in honor of former Visalia Unified teacher Nick Winkler. The scholarship is intended for a student with at least a 3.5 GPA who has taken advanced science and math classes and whose goal is to become a teacher. 
12.            * Cal Rossi Memorial Scholarship: 2 @ $2,000
This scholarship is for a Mt. Whitney student with a 3.0 GPA. Student must show activity in interscholastic athletics and be enrolled in an U.S. college full-time. Application/Essay must contain personal background, financial need, work experience/community service and anticipated goals of college study.
13.           * Hurley PTA Scholarship: 2 @ $500
For a graduating senior who attended Hurley Elementary for at least 4 full years. Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college for the upcoming Fall semester. Application/essay should incorporate Hurley Elementary background, PTA involvement, extra-curricular/community involvement and goals in college.  Financial need is not a factor.
14.           * Josh Perkins Foundation Scholarship: 16 @ $500
This scholarship is for a Visalia Unified student who has participated in their school’s respective golf program (two years on the team preferred). Student must have a 3.0 or better GPA and be continuing their education. Extra-curricular activities and community service will be considered. Financial needs will not be a determining factor.
15.           *Kenneth Oliphant Tennis Scholarship: 1 @ $250
For a student who has played 2 or more years of Varsity tennis at Mt. Whitney HS. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college in Fall 2020. The applicant essay must include how playing tennis impacted his/her life and how it will play a role in the future
16.           *Laudine Oliphant Visual Arts Scholarship: 1 @ $250
For a Mt. Whitney student who has taken visual arts (painting) at least two years and has a 3.0 GPA or better. Student must be enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college for Fall 2020 and plan to continue study in visual arts. The applicant essay must include how painting has impacted his/her life and how it will play a role in the future.
17.           *Line Family Scholarship: 1 @ $1000
One scholarship will be awarded to an accomplished, deserving Mt. Whitney student.  Not limited to a student with financial need.  The Line Family will review these applications.  Student must have a 3.5 grade point average or better.
18.           *Oak Grove PTA Scholarship: 3@ $500
For a graduating senior who attended Oak Grove Elementary for at least 4 full years. Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college for the upcoming Fall semester. Application/essay should incorporate extra-curricular/community involvement and goals in college.  Financial need is not a factor.
19.           *PEO Chapter HF Scholarship: 1 @ $1400
PEO is an international philanthropic education organization for women. The local chapter HF is offering this scholarship. The recipient must be a graduate of a Visalia high school with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship is not based on financial need. Chapter members will review these applications.
20.           *Susan Mathews Theater Arts Scholarship: 1 @ $600
This scholarship is for a student who has participated in the theater arts program at Redwood High School for four years. Please include other experiences and volunteer work in other theater programs as well. Student must have a 3.0 GPA or better.
21.     *Enchanted Playhouse Amber Williams Scholarship: 1 @ $500
This scholarship is for a student who has participated at the Enchanted Playhouse as a member of the cast, crew or as a volunteer. This scholarship requires a passing GPA and an original essay plus a paragraph at the end answering these questions. How have you been involved at The Enchanted Playhouse? What has Enchanted Playhouse meant to you, and how did it benefit you?
22.           *Hope for Humanity Scholarship: 1 @ $500
Sponsored by Herman Singh. This scholarship will be awarded to a first-generation Redwood High School senior that demonstrates a financial need in pursuing any form of higher education. Minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must include their personal goals and how they would like to help their local community by giving back.
23.               *Singh Family Scholarship: 1 @ $500
Sponsored by Herman Singh. This scholarship will be awarded to a first-generation high school senior that demonstrates a financial need in pursuing any form of higher education or trade school. Minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must include the importance of education and the role it plays in achieving their personal goals
24.              *Ken Harris Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $750
Ken Harris was a sixth grade teacher at Mountain View School for over 30 years. This scholarship is for a Mt. Whitney High School student with a 3.0 GPA or greater who will be attending an accredited college or vocational program. Need will be considered.
25.      *Supporting One Student (SOS) – 4 Year College: 1 @ $2500
This scholarship is for a student who will be attending a four year college. Requires minimum 3.5 GPA, one letter of recommendation must be from a teacher, an essay to include challenges and accomplishments from high school and future goals. Financial need will be a factor. Potential candidates for this scholarship might be interviewed.
26.  *Supporting One Student (SOS) – License or Certification: 1 @ $2500
This scholarship is for a student pursuing a vocational certification or license. Requires one letter of recommendation from a teacher (preferably an ag, shop or tech teacher in the area you want to study. Also an essay to include (1) how you decided to pursue this certification or license and how it applies to your career goals, (2) how you will use the scholarship to pursue your goals, and (3) how you selected where you want to go and why. If applicable, you might be asked to submit pictures of your work (ie., ag projects, shop projects, etc.).  Financial need will be a factor. Potential candidates for this scholarship might be interviewed.

27.           *Julie Reed Memorial Scholarship:  2 @ $250
This Memorial Scholarship is in honor of past Willow Glen PTA President, Julie Reed. The scholarship is geared toward a student who attended Willow Glen between grades 4 to 6.  The student must have a 3.0 GPA or better, involved in various community service programs and active in student body activities.


28.      *Kitaoka Promising STEM Student Scholarship 1 @ $250

For a Golden West student who is majoring in a STEM subject. Not limited to a student with financial need. The Kitaoka-Brown Family will review these applications. Student must have an unweighted 3.5 GPA or better. The applicant essay must include 2-4 sentences answering 1) what inspired you to pursue STEM? and 2) what do you intend to do once you obtain your degree? 
 

 
 * Scholarships may be reviewed by the donating family or chapter.

               
                       Return completed application to:
                          Visalia Education Foundation          
                         c/o Visalia Unified School District
                              5000 W. Cypress Ave.

                                Visalia, CA 93277
 
Please call Laura Pace at (559) 972-6976 or email scholarships@visaliaedfoundation.org with any questions. 

     Applications will be due on Friday, March 5, 2021, by 5:00 PM.