Scholarship Application - Timeline and details updated

Thank you for your interest in this scholarship.  In order to be considered for an award, you must follow the instructions below, and submit the form listed at the bottom of this web page. Please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday,  APRIL 15, 2020, and that any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Below is a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

How many scholarships will be given?

Several scholarships will be given.  The number varies - in 2019 the fund awarded 34 scholarships of $2,000 each. 

Who may apply?

Applicants must be graduating seniors enrolled in West Contra Costa Unified School District high schools (DeAnza, El Cerrito, Hercules, Kennedy, Richmond, Pinole Valley, Middle College, Vista, Greenwood Academy, and Adult Education) who plan to attend a post-secondary institution of higher learning including, but not limited to: trade school, adult school, community college, college, universityAll applicants must rank in the upper half of their graduating class at the end of the first semester.  The class rank requirement does not apply at the alternative sites: Vista, Greenwood Academy, and Adult Education.

How are winners chosen?
Every application is read and scored by three different educators.  All scores are averaged and then ranked. Scholarships are awarded according to ranking or scholarship designated criteria. The panel makes its decisions based on the following:

  • Participation in clubs/organizations or work experience
  • Service to the community, including family responsibilities
  • Honors or distinctions awarded
  • An effective written essay describing your interests and current activities, as well as your plans for continuing education and career
  • Character references from your letters of recommendation

What are the important dates for the process?

April 15, 2020 -- All applications must be emailed to your School Site Scholarship Coordinator and also emailed to Scholarship Chairs Catherine Giacalone - AND Patty Halonen -

May 6, 2020 -- Scholarship recipients are announced, with first communication by telephone.

May 28, 2020 -- Awards will be presented at the monthly luncheon meeting of West Contra Costa Retired Teachers Association. (TBD)

November 1, 2020 -- All requests for funds from scholarships awarded must be completed by this date.

How do I apply?
Scholarship Application Guidelines 2020 SECOND UPDATE.doc