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College Scholarships Available From Supervisor For Community Volunteers

County Executive Office - Press Release

March 24, 2000

CONTACT: Bob Tunstall

College Scholarships Available From Supervisor For Community Volunteers

(Santa Ana) The deadline is March 31 for the Cynthia Coad Community Service Scholarship. Students from the sixth grade through community college are eligible for awards ranging from $250 - $1,500 in recognition of their volunteer work.

"As an educator, I am acutely aware of the need for our young people to continue their educations after high school. That's the primary reason my husband and I wanted to fund a scholarship program," said Fourth District Supervisor Cynthia Coad. "I tied the scholarship to community service because it is a value that I hold and because it's an activity that's available to everyone in the community. Whether it's through church, school, hospital, community center or other, there are many volunteer needs to be filled in the community and those create opportunities for service."

Applications may be picked up and should be returned at the following locations:

  • El Modena Community Center
  • Santiago Charter Middle School
  • El Modena High School
  • La Colonia Community Center
Each application must be accompanied by two recommendations from persons such as teachers, work supervisors or community service agencies. Award winners will be announced by May

Scholarship amounts are determined by the length and quality of the applicant's volunteerism. Awards for winners who have not yet graduated from high school will be held in a trust fund where they will accumulate until the scholarship recipient provides proof of enrollment in an accredited trade school, college or university. The scholarship committee maintains ongoing contact with recipients as they progress through high school and encourages repeat applications.

"It's possible for a young person who is active in the community to accrue several thousand dollars toward a higher education through this program," said Coad. "My husband Tom and I are thrilled to help young people improve their futures by increasing their educations. Because of this program, youngsters can now think of college in terms of when, not if."

The Coads began the scholarship program eight years ago with an investment of their personal funds. Since that time 47 awards have been made totaling $50,000. Former scholarship winners are currently enrolled at schools including the University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Fullerton; and Stanford University.