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Visalia Education Foundation

                      2024 Scholarship Information Now Available!!!

Student Scholarships

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2024 Available Scholarship Descriptions and Information (PDF Document)

2024 Scholarship Application Form in a Fillable PDF Format 




​​The Visalia Education Foundation awards over $46,000 in scholarships to Visalia Unified School District high school seniors each year. Over 100 applications were received from the 2023 seniors last year.










           
The following scholarships are available for                                  2024 VUSD Seniors:

1. 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.


2. Evelyn M. Alexander Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $7500
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.


3. 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.


4. 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 (VTEC, VCIS, Sequoia) and who has been active in community service. Grade point average must be at least a 3.2.


5. Visalia Education Foundation Community Scholarship: 1 @ $250
One scholarship will be awarded at Sequoia High School for an outstanding and deserving student. Sequoia High School staff will select the recipient.


6. Visalia Education Foundation Scholarship: 4 @ $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. One scholarship will be awarded to each of the four traditional high schools.


7. 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.


8. Terryl Garrett Band Showcase Memorial Scholarship; 4 @$500
For a student currently living in the Ivanhoe area and a Senior attending VUSD. The student must have a 3.0 GPA. Financial need will be a determining factor. Student may be pursuing a degree or a certificate of completion from an accredited school.


9. * Cal Rossi Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $3,000
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.


10. * 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.


11. * 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.


12. *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 2023. The applicant essay must include how playing tennis impacted his/her life and how it will play a role in the future.


13. *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 2023 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.


14. *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.


15. *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.


16. *PEO Chapter HF Scholarship: 1 @ $3000
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.


17. *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.


18. *Enchanted Playhouse Amber Williams Memorial 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?


19. *Enchanted Playhouse Theater Company 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?


20. *Hope for Humanity Scholarship: 5 @ $500
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 their personal goals and how they would like to help their local community by giving back.


21. *Ken Harris Memorial Scholarship: 1 @ $500
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.


22. *Supporting One Student (SOS) – 4 Year College: 1 @ $1000
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.


23. * Willow Glen PTA 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.


24. *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?


25. *Ridgeview PTSA Scholarship: 2 @ $500

For a graduating senior who attended Ridgeview Middle School for two years. Must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and be enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college for the upcoming Fall semester. Application/essay should incorporate extracurricular (PTSA)/community involvement and goals in college. Financial need is not a factor.


26. *Valley Oak PTSA Scholarship: 4 @ $250
For a graduating senior who attended Valley Oak Middle School for two years. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in any form of higher education including a trade school or vocational program for the upcoming Fall semester. Application/essay should incorporate extracurricular (PTSA)/community involvement and future goals and how their time at Valley Oak impacted them.  Financial need is not a factor.


27. *Basil J. Perch Memorial Scholarship: 3 @ $500

This Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Basil Perch who strongly believed in building and giving back to the community that he loved. Over the years, he was a member of many community organizations including the Visalia Education Foundation. The scholarship is for a Redwood High School graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA who will attend a junior college or four-year college/university and has been actively involved in school and community activities.


28. *Hutchison Foundation Scholarships: 4 @ $500
One $500 scholarship will be made available to each of the following schools: Redwood, Golden West, El Diamante, and Mt. Whitney. Applicants should be those that are planning on pursuing a career in business, education, or health and wellness and who have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students should demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and will be attending a college or trade school. Socio-Economic status and financial need is a consideration.


29. *Golden West Trailblazer Spirit Scholarship: 2 @ $500

This $500 scholarship is sponsored by retired Golden West High School teachers, and a committee representing these instructors will review the applications. Graduating Golden West seniors must meet a 3.0 minimum G.P.A. requirement and plan to attend a community college or four-year college/university. Applicants must exemplify the T.R.A.I.L. principle: Teamwork, Respect, Achievement, Integrity, and Leadership. Consideration is given toward involvement in school academic programs, activities, and athletics. Applicants must also demonstrate service within their school community as well as the community in which they live. Financial need is not a factor.


   * 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 1, 2024, by 5:00 PM.