Whether established to honor or memorialize a loved one, recognize a specific academic institution or to support a particular field of study, Stanislaus Community Foundation Scholarship Funds provide benefits to students that affect their lives and our community today and for future generations.


Online Application

The Community Foundation uses an online application process for those scholarships funds that accept applications through the Foundation office. For most of our scholarships (but not all!), applicants must be residents of Stanislaus County.

Our 2018 scholarship application deadline has now passed.  Our 2019 application portal will open again in November 2018, so please be sure to check back then.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone at 209-576-1608 or by email at [email protected].


We are proud to administer the following Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Name Student Criteria Award How to Apply
Arthur T. & Corinne K. Shields Scholarship (2003) Open to students who meet the needs-based qualifications. $1,000 Apply online
Beyer High School Scholarship (2005) Open to Beyer High School seniors involved in varsity athletics during junior and senior yeras. See additional requirements at Beyer High School Financial Aid office. $500 Apply through the high school's general application process.
Charles Sargent Accounting Scholarship Fund (2017) Open to high school seniors and college students studying accounting. Applicants must be involved in community initiatives and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. $2,000-$5,000 Apply online
Diane Bava Amador Scholarship  Sponsored by Ambeck Mortgage Associates, this scholarship is open to current or former Modesto City Schools District students. $1,000 Apply online
Dr. Grant E. & Colleen Bare Scholarship (2012) Open to current MJC students or graduating Stanislaus County high school seniors who plan to attend Modesto Junior College before attending a four-year education program in the field of sciences, medical sciences, and/or mathematics.  $1,000-$5,000 Apply online
Dr. Larry Cooke Memorial Scholarship (2004) Sponsored by the San Joaquin Norte Dame Club, this scholarship is open to students admitted or enrolled at the University of Notre Dame or another Catholic university and who plans to pursue an education in the field of medicine. $500 Apply online
Edward T. Taylor, Jr. Perpetual Memorial Scholarship (2003) In honor of the Modesto High School Class of 1938, this scholarship is open to current or former students of Modesto High School who meet general qualifications. $500 Apply online
First Tee of Central Valley (2006) Open to members of The First Tee program who have been active for at least 3 years prior to applying for this scholarship and who meets general qualifications.  $2,000 Apply online
Gemperle Family Farms (2016) Open to Children and grandchildren of current employees of Gemperle Family Farms. $1,000-$3,000 Apply online
Health Careers Scholarship Strategic, needs-based scholarship open to students with a 2.5 GPA or above planning to pursue an education in the health sciences at an accredited four-year university. This scholarship is geared toward first-generation students who demonstrate financial need and are graduating from one of the following high schools: Central Valley, Ceres, Johansen, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock or Waterford.

 This scholarship is potentially renewable if a student meets certain predetermined criteria (must declare a major in health sciences and provide proof each year). $2,000-$2,500 Apply online
James McClatchy Scholarship (2013) Open to past or current employees of the Modesto Bee or their children or grandchildren (must have been an employee for at least 5 years). $3,500 Apply online
Jane Wynne Wooley Scholarship (2013) Open to English Language Learners who demonstrate a financial need. $1,500 Apply online
Jim & Betty Lilly Scholarship Fund Open to students who have attended a continuation high school, including those who have returned to and graduated from typical high schools. $1,000 Apply online
Judy Wiegman Scholarship (2005) This scholarship is open to students who are attending higher education institutions and are deemed by the school district to be physically handicapped. $1,000 Apply online
Martella Family Scholarship (2016) Open to Children and grandchildren of current employees of Martella Family Farms and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. $1,000-$4,000 Apply online
Melinda Nielsen Family Scholarship (2013) Open to current seniors or graduates of Gregori High School and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. $1,000-$2,500 Apply online
Pat Maciel Lubeck Perpetual Memorial Scholarship (2005) Sponsored by Ambeck Mortgage, this scholarship is open to current or former female students of Modesto High School who are pursuing an education in the field of business or computer science and also demonstrates a financial need. $1,000 Apply online
Ryan Dickerson Scholarship (2007) Open to deserving Modesto High School students who embody the heart and spirit of Ryan Dickerson. Participation in the International Baccalaureate program is a preference. $1,000 Apply online
Stanislaus Futures Scholarship (2016) Open to graduating seniors from Central Valley High, Ceres High, Johansen High, Patterson High, Riverbank High, Turlock High, and Waterford High who demonstrate financial need. Stanislaus Futures is generously supported, in part, by an anonymous fundholder.   Tiered based on institution Apply online
Trinitas Farming Community Scholarship (2016) Established to help fund higher education for farmers and agriculture workers within Stanislaus County, as well as their children and grandchildren. $1,000-$5,000 Apply online
Trinitas Farming Scholarship (2016) Open to Trinitas Farming employees, children and grandchildren of Trinitas Farming employees, Trinitas Farming vendors, children and grandchildren of Trinitas Farming vendors. $1,000-$5,000 Apply online
Virginia Azevedo Memorial Scholarship (2005) Sponsored by Ambeck Mortgage Associates, this scholarship is open to current or former female students of Modesto High School who are pursuing an education in the field of medicine and demonstrates a financial need. $1,000 Apply online
Evelyn A. Hanshaw Scholarship Fund (2007) To provide financial support for qualified students who attended Evelyn Hanshaw Middle School. Tiered based on institution Please contact the Foundation office for more details.
Leroy Cunningham Memorial Scholarship/The Ray Baltz Memorial Scholarship (2004) Open to Ceres High School students who meet general qualifications. $2,000 Apply through the high school's general application process.
The Sammy Jenkins Math Scholarship (2009) Open to outstanding math students who attended Davis High School $1,500 Apply through the high school's general application process.
Don Hendricks Memorial FFA Scholarship (2011) Open to graduating Oakdale High School FFA members who plan to pursue an education in the field of agriculture. $500 Apply through the high school's general application process.
Chiton Society Scholarship (2006) Open to women who are graduates of Grace M. Davis High School, enrolled in an accredited higher education institution, and entering the "helping profession" (i.e. nursing, medicine, teaching, social services, etc.). $1,000 Please contact Davis High School directly.