SCV Scholarship Foundation offers students financial help for college
More than a quarter of a million dollars in financial aid are available to graduating seniors of the William S. Hart District through the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation, a local nonprofit organization. Founded in 1951 by Mint Canyon homesteaders Gertrude and Walter Baugher, the Foundation is celebrating its 68th year of serving local students.
Dedicated to recognizing exemplary work and encourage higher education for graduating seniors, the SCVSF is an independent nonprofit corporation run by volunteers that works with, but is separate from, the Hart District. Because of its nonprofit status, donors can claim tax deductions for their support and all monies raised are distributed to graduating seniors at all 10 schools of the Hart District – Hart, Canyon, Saugus, Valencia, Golden Valley, West Ranch, Bowman, Hart@Home/Learning Post, Academy of the Canyons and Sequoia. In 2019, the SCVSF gave 156 scholarships to individual students, for a total of $270,965.
Applications for 2020 scholarships will be available on the Foundations website, www.scvsf.org, beginning December 1, 2019. These applications and accompanying essays must be completed by students and turned in to their Hart District counselors no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 30. Because of the volume of the applications received, this deadline is firm and there are no exceptions.
Applications are read and evaluated by Foundation volunteers, who are counselors, retired educators and community members. Most of the awards do not involve personal interviews, but those students being considered for Newhall Family Foundation awards will be interviewed in March. Awards are kept secret until each school’s awards night, when members of the Foundation attend and announce the lucky students’ names.
For more information, including the requirements for applying for a scholarship award, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.scvsf.org.
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