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  1. Paying it Forward: Raymond Costa

    Raymond Costa Family Scholarship Fund

    Raymond Costa was just nine years old when an act of kindness embedded a feeling he’s never forgotten. “We had just lost my father – he died and Christmas was coming up. I’ll never forget seeing two station wagons full of toys collected in a toy drive just for my family,” said Costa.  “It was totally unexpected – that memory...

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  2. College Futures Freshman Year: 65 Scholarships ($260,000) Awarded

    College Futures Congrats Grads

    By Josh Warburg, Community Foundation for Monterey County Program and Scholarships Officer This year marked the beginning of College Futures Monterey County, a new effort by the Community Foundation for Monterey County to increase college attainment among underrepresented students in our communities. Currently, only 23% of local residents age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, but by 2030 38% of job openings will require...

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  3. College Futures Monterey County

    CollegeFuturesBrochure

    Everyone Wins When More Students Succeed We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to pursue their educational, career, and life goals. College degrees are vital to a thriving economy and building healthy, safe, vibrant communities in Monterey County. However, too many of our young people with the ability and desire to succeed in college lack the support...

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  4. Investing in Education – Church Brothers -True Leaf Farms Scholarship

    Chruch Bros. True Leaf CFMC Scholarship

    By Josh Warburg, CFMC Philanthropic Services Officer Investing in the education of children of employees is “just the right thing to do,” says Brian Church, owner of Salinas-based Church Brothers – True Leaf Farms. The Salinas-based family-run produce, grower/processor and shipper has begun making a close-to home investment in the future of its workers by establishing a scholarship fund at the...

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  5. Comparing Financial Aid Award Letters

    You’ve applied to college, submitted your FAFSA and Cal grant Applications, received your Student Aid Report, been accepted to one or more colleges, and now have financial aid award letters to compare. Understanding your financial aid award letters is critical to comparing the costs of attending different colleges. Understanding your financial aid award letters is critical to comparing the costs...

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  6. Scholarships and College Affordability

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    College affordability and student loan debt are serious issues for prospective college students. Especially among low-income and first-generation college students, the high costs of tuition, book, housing and transportation along with an aversion to debt create barriers to attaining a college degree. Many students don’t even consider college, attend only part-time (drastically decreasing their likelihood of completion), or drop out...

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  7. A Record Year for Scholarships

    CFMC Scholarship Recipient

    2015 was another big year for scholarships at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). In 2015 the CFMC awarded 85 scholarships totaling $285,000. Scholarship winners came from throughout Monterey County, representing every public high school. Recipients are attending schools such as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Fresno State, UC Davis, and UCLA as well as CSU Monterey Bay and Monterey...

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