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: Elizabeth Jones 2nd Year: Judy Garrett
Secretary: Diane Beebe Tami Rabska
Treasure: Heidi Cole 1st Year: Robin Bouwmeester
Trustee: Barbara Aria Helen Rose
Trustee: Debby Sagisi
On May 7, 2017 the 2016-2017 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: Yareli Diaz-Barrera (SMHS), Dominique Aranda (PVHS), Lara Carandang (PVHS),
Evelyn Gomez-Pulido (SMHS), Lara Espinoza-Carranza (ERHS) and Ysabel Murguia (ERHS).
Back row from left: Cloey Morehouse (OA), Emily Gorden(SJHS), Brendan Jones (Delta HS),
Jacob Bouzard (VCA), Daniel Segura-Esquivel (PVHS) and Alejandro Juarez (SMHS).
Not pictured: Hayley Duguran (ERHS).