About Us

Mission Statement

The West Contra Costa Retired Educators Scholarship Fund (WCCRESF) exists to provide post-secondary scholarships to students graduating from the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Our Scholarships

Each year the WCCRESF accepts applications from students who have

  • Ranked in the upper half of their graduating class
  • Described the long-term educational and career paths in a personal statement
  • Presented letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities both at school and in the community

A panel of retired educators discusses each applicant, and awards the scholarships based on a vote.

Our History

For the past 40+ years, the WCCRESF has given scholarships funded through memorials, fundraisers, the retired and active employee benefit raffle, and direct donations.  The organization is run completely by volunteers -- all donations go directly to scholarships.

In 1977, the California Retired Teachers Association began awarding college scholarships to high school graduates.  To date, 689 scholarships totaling $970,250 have been awarded.  In the spring of 2020, 35 graduating seniors received scholarships of $2,000 each.

In 1998, the California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Committee gained independence from the parent organization through incorporation as the WCCRESF.  In 2001, the Fund was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt status.

Our School District 
  • 29,000+ students from preschool through grade 12
  • 60% qualified for free or reduced lunch
  • 80+ languages spoken
  • 65 square mile jurisdiction serving the cities of Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, Richmond, El Sobrante, El Cerrito, Kensington, and unincorporated areas
  • 37 Elementary Schools
  • 6 Middle Schools
  • 6 High Schools
  • 6 Alternative Schools