Fort Bragg Rotary Will Match Your Money!

November 16, 2016

Adopt A Fifth-Grader sponsorship is $700. For every $500 donation, Fort Bragg Rotary will provide a $200 match to sponsor a Fort Bragg 5th Grade student.

The Mendocino College Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with Fort Bragg Rotary in support of Adopt A Fifth-Grader, a program that helps motivate students at a young age to continue on to higher education by providing financial incentive; a $1,000 scholarship to Mendocino College upon graduation from high school.

At their meeting on October 26th, Fort Bragg Rotary club president Eric Miller announced Rotary’s commitment to maximize support of the program locally by matching every $500 donation with $200 of their funds to complete the $700 requirement to sponsor one fifth-grade student. Mendocino College Foundation will invest the $700 sponsorship, which grows to $1,000 by the time the recipient graduates from high school. Fort Bragg Rotary has identified this as their number one philanthropic project as it matches their mission to provide educational scholarships locally.

Steve Lund, Fort Bragg Rotary member and retired Fort Bragg Unified School District Superintendent, said, “Giving a deserving young student hope and support is a powerful personal statement about the value and faith we have in our youth and their future.”

Last year five fifth-grade students received scholarships through the Foundation’s Adopt A Fifth-Grader program in its inaugural year on the Mendocino Coast: Rori Brady, Kevin Conrado May, and Jose Gonzalez at Dana Gray Elementary, Morgan Dunlap at Mendocino K-8, and Ashlynn Brunelle at Three Rivers Charter School. Local sponsors included Sean Leland State Farm, Carol Millsap State Farm, Linda and Andrew Banta, Doug Hammerstrom and Dr. Diane Harris, and one anonymous donor. Although the program is relatively new to the coast, Adopt a Fifth-Grader was established by the Mendocino College Foundation in 2007. Since inception, 280 Mendocino and Lake County fifth-graders have been selected for the award.

To launch the Fort Bragg Rotary initiative, four club members provided six Adopt A Fifth-Grader sponsorships: Joan & Craig Woods (2 awards) Dave Turner of FloBeds (2 awards), Eric Miller (1 award), and Ruth and Joe Sparks (1 award). According to Miller, “Rotary’s goal is to have at least 20 new Adopt a Fifth-Grader donors for Fort Bragg schools for the 2016-17 academic year, with an ultimate goal of providing every 5th grade student at Dana Gray Elementary with an AAFG award!”

Fort Bragg Rotary has offered this match program to anyone in the coastal community until all allocated funds are disbursed. To participate, mail your $500 donation (payable to “Mendocino College” with memo “Adopt A Fifth Grader”) to Anna Kvinsland, Foundation Development Director, at the Mendocino College Coast Center, 1211 Del Mar Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Fort Bragg Rotary will provide the $200 match.

For questions, contact Kvinsland by email at or call 961-2203.

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