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Many scholarships available through Inland Empire Community Foundation – Press Enterprise

Since 1941, the Inland Empire Community Foundation has given local students a boost through its scholarship programs. November is National Scholarship Month, a time to highlight the importance of making funding available to students and to raise awareness of opportunities for current and future college students.

The Inland Empire Community Foundation was established as the Riverside Distribution Committee, led by local banker and civic leader, Charles Bruce. With a focus on scholarships for students with financial need, the first awards were made through the Brouse Scholarship Program for students attending Riverside City College and UC Riverside.

Over the next 80 years, the organization continued to develop its scholarship program, providing deserving students with financial assistance with their educational aspirations. Annually, the organization averages $1 million annually in scholarships for local students. These awards also show young people that they have local support, and that the community believes in their ability to stand out, according to the foundation.

India resident Michelle Fausto is a two-time Castro/Falk Scholarship recipient through the Inland Empire Community Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to Coachella Valley students who demonstrate motivation, perseverance, and a desire to learn. (Courtesy of the Inland Empire Community Foundation)

“In 2020, more than $4 million in scholarships and educational support for internal students were awarded through the foundation,” said Celia Cudiamat, Senior Vice President of Scholarships and Community Impact at the Foundation. “By offering them scholarships, made possible by the generous donors from the region, we are building a stronger future for the region.”

The institution works with every public college and university in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as universities across the country. Many of these scholarships are awarded directly through local colleges and universities. Students who have plans to enroll locally can check with a school counselor or financial aid office to see what may be available to them.

In addition, the Foundation offers scholarships for which students can apply directly. Guidelines and application information for each of them are on the organization’s website. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $4,750 and deadlines vary from March to May. Interested students should start researching options and start working on reference letters.

Scholarship programs available to residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties include:

  • Altura Credit Union Scholarships
  • Pavement Recycling, Inc. Scholarship for Students in Riverside City and Neighboring Cities
  • Ruth Shroff Scholarship Fund for African American or Hispanic/Latino Students Living in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties
  • Dr. Fund Barnett Greer and Eleanor Jean Greer Scholarships for Students Living in Riverside
  • Riverside Construction Company/Harmon-Lonesbury Scholarships for Riverside Students Studying Engineering
  • Reggie Keith Edmond II Scholarship for Students graduating from a Riverside School or Alvord Unified School District School District
  • Elizabeth C and Jack B Clark. Sr Scholarship Fund, for African American or Hispanic/Latino Students living in Riverside and San Bernardino
  • David and Mary Hjorth Family Endowment Fund for Graduation Senior High School Students in Upland
  • Dr. Barnett and Eleanor Jean Greer Scholarship Fund, for Underrepresented and Disadvantaged Students of Riverside
  • Marvin Edward Leggett Jr. Fund, for students graduating from Norte Vista and La Sierra High Schools in Alford Unified County in Riverside

Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $4,750 and deadlines vary from March to May.


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