Temecula Dollars for Scholars announces 2020 scholarships for graduating TVUSD seniors


TEMECULA – Temecula Dollars for Scholars, a local nonprofit providing scholarships to qualified graduating seniors in the Temecula Valley Unified School District, has notified its scholarship recipients via email this year, rather than its traditional awards ceremony at the Golden Bear Theater at Temecula Valley High School. 

Over 100 scholarship donors were invited to record a special individualized video message to their selected recipient. The recipients were notified May 30, in an email which included the donor’s recording. Scholarship award packages, including a yard sign, certificate and directions for collecting the award funds will be distributed at TVHS in a contactless drive-thru process. Scholarship donors include individuals and families, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and other local business, education and community leaders. 

Temecula Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1987 by a small group of parents, teachers and community members as Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Temecula Valley. Today its all-volunteer board operates as part of a national nonprofit educational service known as Scholarship America. 

This year, Temecula Dollars for Scholars presented more than 327 scholarships, representing over $200,000 in local scholarships, to over 250 TVUSD graduating seniors. Over its history, it has awarded over $3.2 million to graduating seniors from Chaparral High School, Great Oak High School, Sparkman Alternative Education Center and Temecula Valley High School. 

“What makes the TDFS application process unique is that, with the completion and submission of one online application, TVUSD graduates have an opportunity to be considered for scholarships awarded by their high schools and community donors, as well as local and national organizations,” Lynn Shaver, president of Temecula Dollars for Scholars, said. “After high school graduation and throughout their post-secondary training, they can continue using their online profiles to search for additional national scholarships.” 

Scholarships are awarded to help students pursuing any post-secondary training, not just college or university degrees. Students planning to attend certificate, associate degree or trade school programs are eligible to apply for Temecula Dollars for Scholars scholarships. Locally, the minimum GPA is a 3.00; however, for national scholarships, requirements vary and many do not have a minimum GPA, Shaver said. 

The minimum Temecula Dollars for Scholars scholarship amount awarded is $250; local businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals and families are encouraged to support the scholarship fund by making a pledge for 2021. For information and a pledge form, see its website, http://www.temecula.dollarsforscholars.org. Email questions to temeculadfs@gmail.com

Submitted by Temecula Dollars for Scholars.