Award Encourages Students to Graduate from High School and Attend Mendocino College
Twelve Lake County students received the Mendocino College Foundation’s 2014 Adopt A Fifth-Grader Award. This annual program is designed to motivate young students to start thinking about graduating from high school and attending Mendocino College.
Representatives from the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College (LCFMC) attended each adopted school’s awards ceremony and 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 made possible due to the generous support of many businesses and community members. Our 2014 donors include Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary Club (five adoptions); Lakeport Rotary (two adoptions); Mendo Lake Credit Union (3 adoptions); and one adoption from the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College, Mark & Kathy Smith, Dick Eschenbach, The Law Offices of Mary Heare, Amodio and Judy F. Conard.
The 2014 student recipients were Ana Gonzalez, Erick Bucio and Luis Mosqueda from Kelseyville Elementary; Deeya Kaylan and Emma Shafter from Lucerne Elementary; Samantha Carter and Sandra Vital from Riviera Elementary; Evan Coakley, Jasper Ford and Joy Ingall from Terrace Elementary; and Treppa Marcks and Maria Tinoco from Upper Lake Elementary.
For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to participate in this program, call 707-467-1018.
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