Adopt A Fifth-Grader Award Encourages Students to Graduate from High School and Attend College
Seven students representing Willits, Laytonville and Covelo received the Mendocino College Foundations Adopt A Fifth-Grader Award in 2014. This annual program is designed to motivate students early on to start thinking about graduating from high school and attending college.
At each adopted school’s awards ceremony, a Foundation representative presented recipients with a $25 check and a certificate stating that a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded when the student obtains a high school diploma and enrolls as a full-time student at Mendocino College for at least one semester. If the student earns a high school diploma but does not enroll at Mendocino College, he or she will receive a $500 award.
Donors generously contribute $700 for each fifth-grade student they “adopt” at one of the elementary schools within the college district. The Foundation then invests the funds at an average return of 7% per year which will grow to $1,000 by the time the fifth-grader graduates from high school. “The Foundation believes so strongly in this program that they guarantee the $1,000 scholarship even if the rate of return is lower than the projected 7%,” stated Richard Cooper, Foundation President.
This program is possible is due to the generous support of our 2014 donors. Blosser Lane Elementary School donors were Claudia Smith Hill, Willits Rotary, Solid Waste of Willits and the Mendocino College Foundation. Recipients from Blosser were Justice Adams, Isabella Nunez, Tristan Wartell and Aleen Hernandez.
Laytonville Elementary School donors were Tom and Angie Herman (SHN Consulting) and the student recipient was Akeela James. Round Valley Elementary School’s donor was Mendo Lake Credit Union and the student recipient was Shanice Hoaglen. Willits Charter Elementary School donor was Stephanie Carullo and the recipient was Rhyann K. Whaley.
For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation, call 707-467-1018.
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