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Scholarship Programs

Academic Scholarships

The Santa Cruz Chapter supports scholarships for students from public Santa Cruz County high schools and from Cabrillo College.  In recent years, our Chapter has awarded $20,000 annually in scholarships to Santa Cruz County students, placing the Santa Cruz Chapter ahead of most Alumni organizations in the CSU system in the amount of scholarship funds awarded.  Most scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 annually and are renewable for four years for high school students and for two years for Cabrillo transfers.  In addition, the Carol Coe Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to the finalist who exemplifies outstanding community service.  Applications for high school students and for Cabrillo students can be found here: Scholarship Applications.  The deadline for filing applications is usually March 30 each year.  

Donations to all scholarships  may be made using our Scholarship Donation Form.

Carol Coe Memorial Scholarship

Carol Coe
The Carol Coe Memorial Scholarship was established by Bob Coe "71 and his family to honor the memory of his late wife, Carol, who was an exceptional community volunteer.  For many years, she was a key member of the team that made the Santa Cruz Area Chapter's Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction such a success.  The students who are selected to receive this special award must exhibit outstanding community service as well as high academic achievement and school leadership.  Use the high school or Cabrillo College transfer application.

SJSU Marching Band Scholarships

The Chapter awards scholarships to the Spartan Marching Band, helping students who are members of our award-winning band with related expenses.   Recipients are determined by the SJSU Marching Band director. 

Jack Jensen Memorial Scholarship

In 2019, the Board agreed to award the Jack Jensen Memorial Scholarship to a student who towards an degree in teaching.  Jack was a founding member of the Santa Cruz area chapter.  His teaching career began in 1956, in the third grade at the old Freedom School in Watsonville, California.  He especially enjoyed coaching the after school sports of Basketball and track.  After five years of teaching all grades up through the 8th grade, he transferred over the hill to Woody Linn's (another chapter founding member) Lone Hill School in the Union School District of San Jose.  Jack taught at several schools in the Union District and his final years were at Dartmouth Middle SChool teaching History and Math.