Scholarship Stories

Adriana Vieyra: Aspiring for Success

Adriana Vieyra, CFMC College Futures Scholarship

Greenfield seems like a world away from Adriana Vieyra’s new life at California State University, Monterey Bay. The bustle of a busy schedule of challenging classes, new faces, friends and ideas and life in the dorms are college experiences she’s grateful to have. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) College Futures Scholarship recipient shared her inspiring story of college...

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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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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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Women’s Fund – Creating Opportunity

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A scholarship isn’t just money to Francisca “Frieda” Rios – it’s opportunity. It’s being able to buy a computer to do homework and research from home. It’s knowing that making homework a priority when she finishes her shift at a local pizza shop is a must because people she doesn’t know have invested in her and have faith in her...

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College Futures Monterey County

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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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