Minerva Club of Santa Maria

Est. 1894

Minerva Club


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. 

Congratulations recipients!


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:

Gabriela Ruiz

Valley Christian High School:

Caedon Nolan Sallee 


Minerva Club

127 W. Boone St.

Santa Maria, CA  93458

P.O.Box 881

Santa Maria, CA  93456-881


Rental Information

The Clubhouse is available to rent. CLICK on Rental Information at the top of the page for details.

Contact Heidi Cole at (805) 878-3812 for reserving and scheduling.