Minerva Club Scholarship Trust Fund, Inc
Scholarships given by the Minerva Club had their beginnings in 1917 when the entire senior class of Santa Maria High School was entertained at the home of Mrs. Goodwin. A few years later, the Minerva Club began the tradition of inviting all the Honor Students to a luncheon. In 1952, a scholarship fund was begun with the profits of their cookbook, Company's Coming. The first Minerva Club scholarship of $535.00 was presented to Marilyn May.
Over the years, the membership was able to increase the amount and number of scholarships given. The Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1981. By 1983, about $45,000 had been awarded. In 1999, the Club received a bequest of $250,000 from the Maxine and Burns Rick estate for scholarships and shortly after, the Trust Fund was incorporated. The Minerva Club has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships since the 1950s.
Board of Directors: Scholarship Committee:
President: Diane Beebe 2nd Year: Robin Bouwmeester
Secretary: Judy Frost Helen Rose
Treasure: Heidi Cole 1st Year: Carolyn Acquistapace
Trustee: Judy Garrett Sherrill Curry
Trustee: Tami Rabska
On Sunday, May 6, 2018 the 2017-2018 Minerva Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held at the Minerva Clubhouse.
Scholarship recipients, their families, high school counselors and honored guests were present.
Front row from left: Cassi Colangeio (ERHS), Erica Diaz Cerbantes (PVHS), Maira Macedo (Delta HS),
Samantha Santana (SJHS), Marialy Diaz-Barrera (SMHS) and Amanda D'Hoedt (OA).
Back row from left: Christopher Bracero (VCA), Carlos Ochoa-Castenada (SMHS), Arron Lee (ERHS),
Francesca Muto (ERHS), Evelyn Cuevas Ramirez (PVHS), Coryn Nodal (PVHS),
and Nhung Katryna Thuy Vong (SMHS).