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: Judy Frost 2nd Year: Carolyn Acquistapace
Secretary: Judy Garrett Barbara Johnston
Treasure: Heidi Cole 1st Year: Scottie Ortiz
Trustee: Robin Bouwmeester Diane Freeman
Trustee: Helen Rose
On Sunday, May 5, 2019 the 2018-2019 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: Martha Perez (PVHS), Malia Bullock (VCA), Naomi Lopez (PVHS),
Osevia Lopez (DELTA HS), Samantha Pereyra (ERHS), Karen Perez ERHS)
and Savannah Aragon (ERHS).
Back row from left: Theresa Souza (SJHS), Alison Magni (PVHS), Alejandra Ramos (OA),
Diego Reyes-Leon (SMHS), Selina Perez (SMHS) and Samantha Lopez (SMHS).