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: Barbara Johnston
Secretary: Mary Nanning 2nd Year: Eileen Hervey
Treasure: Barbara Steveson Linda Reed
Trustee: Diane Freeman Trustee: Scottie Ortiz
The 2020-2021 Minerva Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony
was held on May 3, 2021 in the Minerva Parking lot due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Students were recognized by their school counselors and awarded
a $1,350 scholarship from the Minerva Scholarship committee.
NO PHOTO OF RECIPIENTS FOR THIS YEAR
Recipients for 2020-2021 are:
Delta High School: Natalie Zacaris
Orcutt Academy: Ashley Mason
Pioneer Valley High School:
Yareli Arreola, Jeda Krisnell S. Dionisio, Joseph Galiciano
Righetti High School:
Claire Alford, Ryanne S. Kim, Melina Urias
Santa Maria High School:
Odalys V. Martinez DeJesus, Andres I. Ramirez-Enriquez, Jennifer Aquino-Ramirez
Saint Joseph High School:
Valley Christian High School:
Caedon Nolan Sallee