Scholarships & Awards

The California Color Guard Circuit wishes to honor two of our most beloved friends and mentors by offering memorial scholarships, The Harry Ariza Memorial Scholarship and The Sandy Montana Memorial Scholarship. This year we will offer up to six scholarships. Up to two of these scholarships may be awarded to continuing college students who have not been awarded these scholarships in the past and the remaining scholarships will be awarded to deserving high school seniors planning on going to any post-secondary educational institution.


 The Harry Ariza Memorial Scholarship

Harry was the director and creative force behind the Sparks Color Guard, one of the early powerhouses of the CCGC. He went on to become a CCGC and WGI judge. He served for many years as the judge's coordinator for the CCGC. He, along with his wife Dee were instrumental in shaping the CCGC into the Circuit of Champions.

More important, Harry was a good friend and a positive role model to us all. 


The Sandy Montana Memorial Scholarship

For over 40 years Sandy Montana served the California Color Guard Circuit as a performer, instructor, director,  executive board member, judge, mentor and friend to all. As a Timing and Penalty judge she would be the first smiling face the performers would see while entering the arena.

She volunteered thousand of hours behind the scenes to prepare for shows to run trouble free.
How to Apply

Each CCGC unit may nominate two competing members for this scholarship. 

Each applicant needs to supply;

  • Completed scholarship application (see link below)
  • Official Transcripts from the first seven (7) semesters of high school (for high school seniors) or Official Transcripts for all college work to date (for continuing college students) (30%)
  • Two letters of recommendation (30%)
  • A 3 - 4 paragraph essay by the applicant on "Why I want/need this scholarship" (40%)

A Scholarship Committee has been formed consisting of Judges, Instructors, Directors, Circuit Officers or others active in the winter color guard/winter percussion activity. All applications shall be reviewed and the 
recipients announced at the CCGC Championships on April 1/2.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made to: 

                                             5647 Oakmont Circle
                                             Livermore, CA 94551

Click here to download and print the scholarship application  For a Word Version click "x" below.
The Wayne Wengert
Memorial for Most Entertaining Show

Wayne Wengert was a wonderful friend of the pageantry world and a great supporter of CCGC. Wayne was circuit president for many years and represented us well. He was the first West Regional Director and brought WGI competitions to the west coast. He created the first (and best) tabulation program for the winterguard activity. Wayne single-handedly brought technology to the winterguard activity. He never lost his great sense of humor.

With Wayne, it was always about the performers. Directors, instructors, boosters and audience members were important but the young people of the circuit were always #1 with him.

This Award is presented each year at Championships to the group with the most Entertaining Show as voted on by the Executive Board.

CCGC President,
Feb 18, 2017, 10:48 PM