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Students Earn Scholarships
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Stanislaus Community Foundation awarded the largest amount of scholarships in the foundation’s history this year. Thanks to the generous contributions of scholarship donors and a grant from College Futures Foundation, 175 local students will receive scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year totaling $229,500. That’s more than double the amount of scholarship dollars distributed by Stanislaus Community Foundation in 2016.

Among the local students that received scholarships were several Riverbank High School students. The Stanislaus Futures scholarship went to the following Riverbank High students: Jaisen Albor, Joslyn Beliera, Mayra Cabrera, Areli Esqueda, Edgar Garcia, Brenda Guzman Luna, Kimberlin Leon, Alexis Machuca, Graciela Meza, Dulce Piceno, Sandra Ramirez. Stanislaus Futures is a long-term and large-scale commitment to provide strategic, need-based scholarships and college counseling to Stanislaus County students as they work to achieve their college and professional goals.

Oakdale Riverbank Escalon AAUW Scholarships went to: Zoe Brown, Emilie Crossman, Carolina Duarte Iniguez, Sabrina Franciosa, Anna Hawksworth-Lutzow, Olivia Lopez, Kaitlyn Schultz.

This year’s awards bring the total amount of scholarship dollars distributed by Stanislaus Community Foundation and its partners to nearly $780,000 since 2005. Stanislaus Community Foundation administers more than 30 scholarship funds on behalf of local families, companies and schools. While some scholarship recipients are chosen by external committees, Stanislaus Community Foundation has its own independent selection committee that chooses awards for the majority of the scholarship funds.

“I continue to be amazed by the level of accomplishment of these students who are so active in the community while maintaining high grade-point averages,” said Melanie Chiesa, chairperson of the Foundation Scholarship Committee. “We are proud of each and every student who applied and we look forward to learning more about their future achievements.”

Stanislaus Community Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 public charity that helps individuals, families, corporations and agencies achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources to give to the community. Since its inception in 2002, Stanislaus Community Foundation has granted $11 million dollars in charitable funds to nonprofits and scholarship recipients in Stanislaus County. To learn more, visit