Think SCHOLARSHIPS! But graduation is not until June, and fall orientation does not start until late August. What’s the rush? University Women of Cambria (UWC) is all about scholarships. While the UWC is not the only local investor in community youth, it is our singular mission. Note the UWC calendar:
Fall Fundraising events for scholarships
January Students complete scholarship applications
February The Scholarship Committee reads the scholarship applications; follow-up questions generated
March All-day scholarship applicant interviews along with other donors
May Scholarship Luncheon
While everyone scrambles to make adjustments for the “new normal,” UWC stays the course. We want to enable qualified local high school graduates to pursue and enjoy higher education.
It is truly amazing the amount of support that service organizations, art groups, churches, other nonprofits and even individuals in Cambria provide annually to Coast Union and Leffingwell High School graduates. Thank you notes from scholarship recipients frequently mention that it is not just the monetary support that seniors appreciate, but the affirmation of the community of who they are, what they have achieved, and what they can achieve in the future.
This vote of confidence by more than their family and friends is very important to them. Jackie Hogan, who has served on the UWC Scholarship Committee for three years and is currently the Scholarship Committee Chair, has said that she is impressed and frequently humbled by the achievements and challenges shared by the scholarship applicants during the interview process. A common thread is the student’s desire to go to college for better opportunities and to improve the lives of their families and community.
Just to recap—for the Class of 2021, out of 31 graduating seniors, 21 met all the qualifications to apply to a four-year college or university. The community as a whole awarded 133 scholarships totaling $125,600 to members of this class according to recently retired Coast Union High School (CUHS) counselor Mary Stenbeck. UWC awarded 10% of those scholarships. The new CUHS counselor for the local scholarship program Samantha Brossette recently reported that there is an unusual spike in the number of graduates for 2022. There may be over 50 graduating seniors this year—and the UWC will be ready!