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Thank you to all our Association members who through the years have so generously contributed to education in our community by means of our scholarship program.

Current Program:

The Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees (SCARE) offers 2 $2,000 scholarships to students attending Sonoma State University (SSU) and 2 $1,500 scholarships to students attending Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). The students must be full-time and SRJC students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 while SSU students must have 3.0 GPA. The scholarship recipient must be a child or grandchild of any current Sonoma County employee or retiree who are members of the Sonoma County Retirement System (SCERA). This is a non-repeating scholarship.

Each college selects the student to be awarded the scholarship.

Winners:

2010: SSU - Emilie Klein, and SRJC - Andrea Garfia

2011: SSU - Erin Reed, and SRJC - Joshua Collette

2012: SSU - Megan Foster, and SRJC - Tim Marks

2013: SSU - Danielle Lowney, and SRJC - John Aitchinson

2014: SSU - Krisa McAtee, and SRJC - Alessio Toruno

2016: SRJC - Brittany Flint

2017: SSU - Kaitlyn Vance and Devin Andrews-Lyssy

2018: SRJC - Keri Mark-Hollandsworth

How to Apply:

Students interested in the Sonoma State University SCARE Scholarship may obtain applications at the Sonoma State University Scholarship Office. For information, please call 707-664-2261, or use SSUís web site at www.sonoma.edu/scholarship. The application period normally opens during the month of September and closes in the middle of the following January.

Students interested in the Santa Rosa Junior College SCARE Scholarship may obtain applications at the College Scholarship and Outreach Department, Barnett Hall, Room 1284, Santa Rosa, 95401, or call 707-527-4740. The application period normally begins in January when school reopens again after the December break, and ends around March 1. The web site is www.santarosa.edu.

Contact the schools or their web sites for current application period information.

History:

The SCARE Scholarship Program began in 1985 with a $250 scholarship to a graduating high school senior. The money was used toward the studentís higher education goals. One high school a year was selected, rotating in alphabetical order. The high school scholarship counselor selected the student to receive the award. Analy High School was the first school selected. To be eligible, the student had to be a child of an employed, full-time Sonoma County employee who resided in Sonoma County and contributed to the retirement system.

In 1987, the Association voted to raise the scholarship amount to $500. The criteria were amended to add that the student could also be a child of a Sonoma County Water Agency employee who contributed to the retirement system. The residency requirement was dropped.

The SCARE Executive Board voted in 1989 to provide the $500 scholarship to a student attending Sonoma State University who met the qualifying criteria, rather than to a high school graduating senior. The selection would be made by the college scholarship committee.

The Association voted in 1997 to raise the SCARE Scholarship to Sonoma State University to $750 and to add a $500 scholarship for a student attending Santa Rosa Junior College.

In 2006, the Association voted to raise the scholarship amounts to the following: $1,500 to a Sonoma State University student and $1,000 to a Santa Rosa Junior College student who met the qualifying criteria.

In 2013, the SCARE Board voted to extend the scholarship eligibility requirement by making it available to any child or grandchild of a Sonoma County employee or retiree who is a member of SCERA. This is a non-repeating scholarship.

In September of 2017,the SCARE Board voted to increase the scholarship number and amount. Starting for the 2018/19 year, we will give two scholarships of $2,000 each to students at Sonoma State University and two scholarships of $1,500 each to students at Santa Rosa Junior College.