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The Preserve Community Foundation Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Preserve Community Foundation established a scholarship program to assist children of employees and employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for this program is determined by The Preserve Community Foundation, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to The Preserve Community Foundation Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependents*, age 26 and under, of regular or full-time The Preserve/Santa Lucia Preserve or Monterey County Fire District employees who have a minimum of one year of employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
    *Dependents are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren of the employee who qualify for medical benefits provided by the company or a retired employee of The Preserve/Santa Lucia Preserve.

OR

  • Be a regular or full-time The Preserve/Santa Lucia Preserve employee who has a minimum of two years of employment with the company as of the application deadline date.

AND

  • Be high school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary students planning to enroll as a full-time or part-time undergraduate at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

OR

  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in a private/charter high school for the entire upcoming academic year.

Awards

The total distribution and the number of awards will be determined each year by The Preserve Community Foundation. The award size for dependents will vary based on need. For employees, award amounts will vary based on the number of credits.

Finalists will be selected in proportion to the number of private high school and undergraduate applications received, provided there are qualified applicants.

Dependents’ awards are renewable four times or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance, and continued parental employment.

Employees’ awards are renewable four times or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of maintaining a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and continued employment.

Awards are for private/charter high school or undergraduate study only.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in mid-July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Preserve Community Foundation. Payment is made in mid-August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of finalists is made by Scholarship America based on criteria of the program and selection of recipients is made by The Preserve Community Foundation. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than May 3, 2022 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The Preserve Community Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!