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Local scholarship foundation celebrates 32 years of service


Last updated 5/31/2019 at 2:40am

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Kambria Godinho and Haylee Reynolds are multiple award recipients with Temecula Dollars for Scholars.

TEMECULA – Temecula Dollars for Scholars, a local nonprofit which provides scholarships to qualified graduating seniors in the Temecula Valley Unified School District, hosted its annual Community Awards Night Monday, May 13, in the Golden Bear Theater at Temecula Valley High School. Over 100 scholarship donors were invited to the reception at the TVHS Culinary Arts Center. Culinary students created and serve complimentary refreshments. Scholarship donors include individuals and families, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and other local business, education and community leaders.

Temecula Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1987 by a small group of parents, teachers and community members as Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Temecula Valley. Today, its all-volunteer board operates as part of a national nonprofit educational service known as Scholarship America.

This year, the scholarship foundation presented more than 360 awards, representing over $211,000 in local scholarships, to over 250 TVUSD graduating seniors. A standing-room-only crowd attended the event, including Mayor Pro Tem James "Stew" Stewart and Councilmember Maryann Edwards. Over its history, it has awarded over $3 million to graduating seniors from Chaparral High School, Great Oak High School, Sparkman Alternative Education Center and Temecula Valley High School.

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Jennifer Aynesworth, principal of Alamos Elementary School, and Shawn Dauble, recipient of Alamos Elementary School's scholarship award, pose for a photo at the annual Community Awards Night, May 13, at Temecula Valley High School.

"What makes the TDFS application process unique is that, with the completion and submission of one online application, TVUSD graduates have an opportunity to be considered for scholarships awarded by their high schools and community donors, as well as local and national organizations," Lynn Shaver, scholarship foundation president, said. "After high school graduation and throughout their post-secondary training, they can continue using their online profiles to search for additional national scholarships."

TDFS scholarships are awarded to help students pursuing any post-secondary training, not just college or university degrees. Students planning to attend certificate, associate degree or trade school programs are eligible to apply for TDFS scholarships. Locally, the minimum GPA is a 3.00; however, for national scholarships, requirements vary, and many do not have a minimum GPA, Shaver said.

The minimum TDFS scholarship amount awarded is $250; local businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals and families are encouraged to support the scholarship fund by making a pledge for 2020. For information and a pledge form, see its website, Email questions to [email protected]

For more information, contact TDFS President Lynn Shaver at (760) 644-2776. 

Submitted by Temecula Dollars for Scholars.


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