Bee Endowed Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Application

About the Paul (Doc) and Jean Chaffee Memorial Scholarship

Deadline March 1, 2018

The Paul (Doc) and Jean memorial scholarship is open to graduating seniors who are interested in the life sciences, in particular, the study of zoology, biology, or pre-vet. The applicant will have shown extraordinary academic growth, community involvement, school participation, and financial need. It is also open to applicants wanting to continue their education and is enrolled in a program leading to employment. The Award is between $1,000 and $5,000 dollars.

Your application will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • 60% Grade point improvement in grades 9-12
  • 25% Community and School activities
  • 15% Financial Need

  • Dr. Paul S. Chaffee was the longtime director of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and passed away in 1990. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo was re-named in 1990 in honor of Doc and his love for animals.

    About the James B. McClatchy 25 Year Club Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2018

    James B. McClatchy was a four-generation family owner of The McClatchy Company, which publishes The Fresno Bee. His father, Carlos McClatchy, was the first editor of The Fresno Bee when it was founded in 1922. James devoted his life to journalism and was highly respected for his efforts on behalf of freedom of the press. The scholarship program is managed through the Bee Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Central Valley Community Foundation. The Bee Endowed Scholarship Fund was established at the wishes of James McClatchy's estate.

    Scholarship Eligibility

    25 Year Scholarship awards will be given without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, medical condition, sexual orientation, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

    Eligible applicants must be:

  • An employee or former employee of The Fresno Bee currently eligible participate in the 25 Year Club; OR
  • An immediate family member, which is defined as a spouse, registered domestic partner, child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, great grandchild, or step-great grandchild.

  • Selection Process

    Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement;
  • Honors/awards;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Applicant's participation in school and community activities;
  • Quality of the submitted personal essay/statement of educational goals;
  • Applicant's work experience.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee and will be evaluated using the current information submitted with the 2018 application, independent of any prior submissions.

    Scholarship Awards

    Scholarship awards are one-time payments, ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 per approved applicant. All awarded applicants will be notified via email by June 29, 2018 and will be responsible for submitting additional information to the Central Valley Community Foundation to process their scholarship disbursement. Once all required documentation has been received, funds will be disbursed beginning in August, 2018.


    Scholarship recipients must enroll and use the James B. McClatchy 25 Year Club Scholarship for their educational program no later than the end of the 2018-2019 school year. The scholarship will be paid directly to the educational institution for the use of the scholarship recipient. Each educational institution must be described in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 170(b)(1)(A)(ii). Multiple year needs will require annual application processing. Recipients have no obligations to The Fresno Bee. The applicant will be responsible for notifying the scholarship committee of any change of address, phone number, or other pertinent information during the application process.

    Revisions to Program

    The general conditions and procedures under which scholarships are made are subject to periodic review by The Fresno Bee and the Central Valley Community Foundation, including termination of the program.

    About the Applicant

    First Name

    High School(s) Information

    High School(s) attended, click on "add new" to enter more than one school
    If you haven't graduated yet, please estimate.

    Post-Secondary Plans

    Community Service Activities

    Please list all the ways you have been a leader or active volunteer in your school and community.

    Extracurricular Activities

    List all school and/or individual activities in which you have participated in the last four years (sports, the arts, student government, clubs, volunteer projects, religious groups, scouting, etc.).

    Work Experience

    List any paid work experiences you have had in the past four years.

    Personal Essay/Statement of Educational Goals

    Please answer one of the following questions, limit two pages:

    • What do you plan to major and minor in? Why?
    • How have you pursued this interested outside of the classroom?
    • What motivates you to spend your time in community service? What do you give up?
    • Discuss the relationship of your major choice of study to your future and your place in society?
    • What are some of your best capabilities or talents?
    • Describe some things you feel you have done well, enjoying doing, or are proud of?


    Include the following attachments

    • A photo the applicant
    • a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • a copy of your college or vocational school acceptance letter
    • financial aid award letter (if available)
    • your high school transcripts

    Include the following attachments

    • Two (2) letters of recommendation;
    • A copy of your high school transcripts;
    • A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR)/financial aid award letter (if available);
    • A copy of your college or vocational school acceptance letter.
    Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
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    Fresno Bee 25 Year Club Verification

    Please provide the first and last name of The current or former employee of The Fresno Bee who referred you to this scholarship opportunity. If that person is yourself, include your name.
    If the applicant and the 25 Year Club member are one and the same, write, "Self".


    Donate Via Mail

    To support this fund, make your checks payable to
    Central Valley Community Foundation.
    Please write the fund name on the memo line.

    You can mail donations to:
    Central Valley
    Community Foundation
    5260 N. Palm Avenue
    Suite 122

    Fresno, CA 93704

    Central Valley Community Foundation is a 501c-3 non-profit, tax ID# 77-0478025, any contribution is considered a tax-deductible gift.