By Laura Ramos, Community Engagement Associate

The Central Valley Community Foundation manages over 30 scholarships annually. These opportunities are funded by local individuals, families, businesses and organizations that have acted on a need to provide financial support to students in our communities. It is no secret college students rely heavily on additional help to continue their education. It’s been reported by the US Department of Education that $46 billion in grants and scholarships are awarded yearly.  In 2017, CVCF awarded $611,150 in scholarships to area students. This year we are continuing to connect those who would like to give with those who working towards their educational aspirations.  In recent years studies showed the average college student owed, on average, $37,172 in student loan debt. Our hope is to continue to bring more scholarships to students so ultimately, they can complete their degree and enter the workforce without resorting to taking out loans.

Today we’d like to share three scholarships housed within CVCF that are now accepting applications. If you find you have additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at (559) 226-5600 or email Program Officer, Projects and Scholarships, Ann-Marie Padilla at

David Viancourt Memorial Scholarship

The David Viancourt Memorial Scholarship supports students of any age who need financial aid to assist them in furthering their education at a community college, state college, or vocational school.

Application deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Click HERE for full details of this scholarship.

Paul (DOC) and Jean Chaffee Scholarship

The Paul (DOC) and Jean Chaffee Scholarship provides support of graduating high school seniors entering college who will be majoring in a field related to animal science, plant science, or botany.

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Click HERE for full details of this scholarship.

The GRAND Scholarship Fund

The GRAND scholarships were created to increase the number of professional practitioners serving those with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Application deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2019

Click HERE for full details of this scholarship. 

If you are interested in learning how to start a scholarship fund please contact Director of Donor Services, Claudia Ruiz- Alvarez at