Through their generosity and support our Scholarship Donors make it possible for us to grant over $1 million to local students every year. Thanks to them, our students are able to make their academic dreams a reality!
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment, generosity, and dedication to the students of Ventura County. Your continued support through the funds granted by your scholarships truly creates meaningful change for these students and is an investment back into our community.”
—SCOTT P. HANSEN, VCCF BOARD CHAIR
Prospective Scholarship Donors
Creating a Scholarship Fund is easy when you partner with Ventura County Community Foundation. A scholarship fund is a generous and high impact way to honor the memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special event.
VCCF’s annual Scholarship Awards Reception provides you the opportunity to present your award to the recipient of your scholarship and to meet other donors.
Types of Scholarships
Endowed Scholarships that are awarded in perpetuity. A minimum of $25,000 (over a 5-year period) is required to establish an endowed fund.
Pass-Through Scholarships are funded year by year. A minimum of $500.00 is required to establish a pass-through fund. As with other VCCF scholarship funds, donors decided the criteria.
VCCF partners with various schools in Ventura County to award school managed scholarships. Donors choose to establish school managed scholarships when they have a special connection or relationship to a school. In a school managed scholarship, the school chooses the recipient of the scholarship, based on the criteria established by the donor.
Sin Fronteras/No Borders Scholarship
Matthew Bigelow, E.A., JLZ Business Services, Inc.
“I worked for a number of years as a classroom teacher in an elementary school in south Oxnard, where I still volunteer regularly. It has been an honor to play a small role in the students’ lives, who never fail to amaze me with their curiosity, diligence and kindness. It is my hope that all students find happiness and success in life, and I believe pursuing higher education can help them to achieve this. Most of the students in the district are children of immigrants or immigrants themselves and frequently hail from underprivileged backgrounds. These students face numerous hurdles in the pursuit of higher education. With this in mind, I became motivated to establish a scholarship fund to help support such students on their college journey.
I discovered that the process of setting up and administrating a scholarship holds many challenges and pitfalls: deadlines, legal parameters, IRS filings, paperwork- the many requirements seemed almost too daunting. Thankfully, the enthusiastic and professional staff at Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) helped bring my goal to fruition. They provided the necessary support to create my scholarship fund named Sin Fronteras/No Borders. I am delighted to have found them and look forward to many years of meaningful collaboration.”
Adelante! Scholarship Fund
Bill Corkins and Diane Federle
“My husband, Bill Corkins, and I were introduced to Vetnura County Community Foundation when we were looking for opportunities to invest in the future. We were introduced to the scholarship program and immediately knew that was our calling; in 2004 we began our fund to enable deserving students, preferably first-generation Latino the opportunity to achieve their dreams of success. We named the fund “Adelante!” because we wanted to “pay it forward” and to encourage the recipients to go forward in making their families and themselves proud of their successes. In 2004, we awarded 2 scholarships and it’s been a joy to continue to award more and more scholarships each year since then. Unfortunately, Bill passed away in 2018 but I can see him in the smiles of the recipients as they proudly walk across the stage to receive their certificates. He has their backs along with all “our kids”, as he affectionately called them, and will always be with them in spirit as they journey towards reaching those dreams.
In Bill’s honor the Adelante! Scholarship Fund, beginning in Fall 2020, will now be available to students who want to further their education by attending graduate school. Adelante! to all current and future scholarship recipients!”
I was initially planning on majoring in business administration; however I recently changed my major to nursing. My ultimate goal after college is to change the world in a positive way and save lives!