Fort Bragg Rotary Will Match Your Money!

December 28, 2018

“Fort Bragg Rotary Will Match Your Money!”

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

At their meeting on October 31st, Fort Bragg Rotary club president Dave Turner 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 is dedicated to this philanthropic project as it matches their mission to provide educational scholarships locally. “We believe this is a tremendous inspiration for a fifth-grade student and are proud to partner with Mendocino College. Rotary’s goal is to match forty or more awards for the 2018-19 academic year, with an ultimate goal of providing every 5th grade student at Dana Gray Elementary with an AAFG award,” said Turner. Fort Bragg Rotary has offered this match program to anyone in the coastal community until all allocated funds are disbursed.

Although Adopt a Fifth-Grader is relatively new to the Coast, it was established by the Mendocino College Foundation in 2007. Since inception, 461 Mendocino and Lake County fifth-graders have been selected for the award. Last year, forty local fifth-grade students received scholarships through the program in its third year on the Mendocino Coast, including thirty-six students at Dana Gray Elementary, three students at Mendocino K-8, and one student at Three Rivers Charter School.

“The donors should be proud to know that their gift truly inspires students at just the right moment in their lives,” said Dana Gray principal Rick Kale. “When children are 10 years old, they are still dreaming about what is possible. This award helps guide them toward a successful future.”

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 Suite 110, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Fort Bragg Rotary will provide the $200 match. Awards may be given in honor or memory of loved ones.

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

Photo Caption: Mendocino College Foundation staff Katie Fairbairn and Anna Kvinsland, with Fort Bragg Rotary current president Dave Turner, and past presidents Robert Adamczak and Eric Miller. (from left to right)

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