The SLO County Community Foundation scholarship program reaches $1 million mark after just eight years
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― Over the past few weeks at awards ceremonies at every school in the County, 60 scholarships valued at more than $200,000 were presented to local students through funds coordinated by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF). This brings the total of scholarships distributed through the SLOCCF to more than $1 million over the past eight years.
The Community Foundation began its scholarship program in 2003 and, as of this year, has awarded more than six hundred scholarships to total the $1 million dollars. “We are very excited to reach this milestone,” says Barry VanderKelen, executive director of the Community Foundation. “These awards have helped students afford college and training programs that will expand their potential for future success.”
One of the largest scholarship programs is the Richard J. Wehyrich Leadership Scholarship. The Weyhrich Scholarship is funded through an endowment held at the Community Foundation. Mr. Weyhrich was a West Point graduate and served in the US Army. After retiring from the military service, he established a successful financial consulting business. Mr. Weyhrich passed away in 2002 and bequeathed a portion of his estate as an endowment for scholarships to recognize and assist students that possess the qualities associated with leadership potential. This year, students from every public and private high school in the county had the opportunity to apply for the award. Twenty one scholarships of $2,300 each were awarded to successful candidates.
Two additional students have been awarded four-year scholarships to study physical sciences or related fields through the Community Foundation’s Paul Yeager Science Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is available to students from either Paso Robles High School or Coast Union High School.
“It is wonderful that we are able to help these students,” says Angela Hollander, SLOCCF scholarship program associate. “Each scholarship transforms the recipient. We are confident that this investment in these students will return dividends to the community.”
Information about the Community Foundation’s scholarship program is available at http://www.sloccf.org or by calling (805) 543-2323.