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AVID Kingston Scholarship

AVID Kingston Scholarship

Kingston Technology is known for its high quality products and customer satisfaction in the memory device industry. The company attributes its worldwide success to its core values of loyalty, integrity, respect and adaptability. Contributing to the company’s success, Kingston Technology supports the investment of its employees’ professional and academic advancement. Having a sense of responsibility for the communities in which it operates, Kingston Technology partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation to establish the Kingston Technology Scholarship to provide assistance to underserved students for whom higher education might not otherwise be possible. Kingston Technology partnered with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness program designed to prepare all students for college readiness and success, to close the student achievement gap. This scholarship is intended to support students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the community beyond academic achievement and have a willingness to give back to the community after they have completed their education.

Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club

Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club

Members of Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club, a 27-hole golf facility and clubhouse in San Clemente, concur that an occupational or college education is the single most important factor to ensure an individual’s long term stability and well-being. Bella Collina partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation in 2011 to establish a scholarship fund to assist its employees as well as their children and grandchildren with college education costs. With a vision of powerful impact on both individuals and communities.

Brad Evans Scholarship

Brad Evans Scholarship

Brad Evans grew up as the youngest of three brothers and lived life to the fullest with integrity, loyalty and commitment. He excelled both academically and athletically during his time at Corona del Mar High School (1996) and the University of California, Berkeley (2001). A much loved son and brother, he was an integral part of his family. Among friends, he had a gift of bringing people together with his inclusive nature, and everyone who met him was impressed by his sense of humor, creativity, and spirit of adventure.
His life was tragically taken in a house fire four months before his college graduation. His family established the Brad Evans Foundation in his memory to assist talented and versatile students with first-year expenses at the UC Berkeley. The scholarship celebrates Brad’s life that was short but well-lived as well as the people and causes important to him. His friends and family will always remember his quick smile and compassionate heart, and now his memory remains vibrant through the accomplishments of the students who receive this scholarship.

Centennial Scholarship Foundation

Centennial Scholarship Foundation

When Orange County celebrated marked its 100th anniversary in 1989, the Ccentennial Ccommittee established the Centennial Scholarship Foundation with a goal of creating a permanent endowment of $500,000to provide annual scholarships for Orange County students. Board members of Orange County Centennial, Inc. wanted to use the remaining funds to. The Centennial Scholarship Fund at OCCF provides annual scholarships for eligible high school seniors with high-level leadership skills and community service involvement through the Orange County Community Foundation. To qualify for scholarships, students must have completed three years of high school education in Orange County and planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two- four year college/university or vocational technical school.

DeVries Family Scholarship

DeVries Family Scholarship

In partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, Gerald and Veronica DeVries are making sure their legacy of philanthropy will live on through the DeVries Family Scholarship. Long time believers in education, they have benefited from the help of community and government organizations and want to help make sure that students in Orange County facing financial challenges also have a path to secondary education. Veronica received a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University, Chicago and was an educator for more than 25 years. Currently, she is actively involved with the education arm of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Gerald is a retired Vice President of Biological Sciences at Allergan, Inc., Irvine. He has a Ph.D. degree from Loyola University, Chicago and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In part, Gerald and Veronica created the DeVries Family Scholarship to recognize the extraordinary efforts of the teachers, staff and administrators of Saddleback Valley Unified School District in preparing their sons for higher education. Their son Michael graduated from UC Berkeley and Berkeley Law School and their son Brian received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Boston. The DeVries family recognizes the importance of community support for students today and hopes that this Scholarship will aid them in the fulfillment of their goals.

Draper Family Scholarship Fund

Draper Family Scholarship Fund

At the heart of the Draper Family Fund lies an ambitious vision to make quality education in Orange County accessible to all. With a mission to “demonstrate a family heritage of giving by investing our resources wisely and generously for the benefit of our communities, and to make a lasting impact through giving that is focused, strategic and effective,” the Draper scholarship is offered to support promising students who have participated in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a college readiness program that accelerates student learning and performance. Since its inception in 2002 the Draper Family Foundation Fund has awarded 117 students more than $823,000.

John R. Wooden Scholarship

John R. Wooden Scholarship

John R. Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” as head coach at UCLA, he won ten NCAA national championships in a twelve year period, including seven in a row. During Wooden’s reign at UCLA, his teams won a record eighty-eight88 consecutive games and he was a six-time NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year. Wooden was the first to be named an All-American basketball player three times and won a Helms Athletic Foundation National Championship (1932). Wooden was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (1961) and as a coach (1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Wooden was renowned for his inspirational messages, including his "Pyramid of Success” that focused on how to be a successful in life as well as basketball. The John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund provides support to students who have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and for whom higher education might not be possible without financial assistance.

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Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Having taught for 33 years in the Long Beach Unified School District, Larry Acterman is remembered as a dedicated social studies teacher and mentor. A tireless advocate for public education, he championed improvements in the public school system at the local, regional and national levels. To honor their father’s lifelong commitment to education, his children Steve Acterman and Amy (Acterman) Tenderich established the Larry Acterman Public Education Award (LAPEA) as a permanently-endowed scholarship fund at the Orange County Community Foundation, with the goal of encouraging and supporting students interested in pursuing a career as a California public school teacher.

Mark P. Tiner Memorial Scholarship

Mark P. Tiner Memorial Scholarship

Profoundly influenced by his parents’ successful careers in education, Mark Tiner was inspired at an early age to pursue a degree in secondary education after high school. Actively engaged in his community, Mark was an Eagle Scout and surfed for Laguna Beach High School. His interests ranged from sports to volunteerism and he dreamed of attending the University of Southern California. Mark was an outgoing sophomore and even earned the nickname “Big Tiny” for his performances with local rap artists.

During his sophomore year in high school, Mark passed away in an automobile accident. His brother Sean, with whom he shared a deep bond, created The Mark P. Tiner Education Foundation to keep Mark’s dream of higher education alive through scholarships to graduating seniors in Orange County.

Since its establishment in 2006, The Mark P. Tiner Foundation, in partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, has awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to help qualified individuals achieve their educational aspirations. These scholarships are awarded to individuals interested in pursuing studies in visual arts, performing arts, athletics, and community service. The mission of The Mark P. Tiner Education Foundation is to publicly recognize academic excellence and promote higher education throughout the community.

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship

An accomplished athlete, Michael Hunter devoted much of his time to athletics while growing up in Orange County. After high school he studied at the University of Arizona and graduated with dual degrees in finance and marketing. Two years into pursuing his career, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and eventually succumbed to the disease in 2001. In support of Mike’s battle, his friends and family organized charity walk teams in his name starting with one in California that grew to seven teams across the nation. These teams continue to walk in honor and memory of their friend. Since their first walk 14 years ago, Michael’s friends have raised over $295,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Michael’s scholarship is funded by donations from his loving friends and family who established the Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship to honor his heroic battle against cancer and support secondary education for Leukemia/Lymphoma patients and children of non-surviving patients who are pursuing their dream of higher education. His name continues to inspire and ignite the passion for life and humanity in the lives of many.

Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship

Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship

In life, Rick Hopcraft gave of himself to others and cared deeply for his friends, colleagues, and the community of Costa Mesa in which he lived and worked. He proudly served his country in the National Guard’s 107th Signal Company on active duty in Vietnam. Upon return to civilian life, Rick began a highly successful career in real estate, and spent 40 years with First American Title Company, eventually becoming vice president of national sales. During his tenure, Rick was presented with the company’s first annual John Lusk Memorial award for his community service, including more than 20 years’ support for the City of Hope. Rick’s community service was varied, including service on the board of directors for Women in Commercial Real Estate (Orange County Chapter) and supporting fundraising efforts for the Building Industry Association, the March of Dimes, the Boy Scouts of America, the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Southern California Program Committee and the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives. He served as a mentor to many in the commercial real estate industry, and brought more fun to his work than anyone could have anticipated.

The Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship seeks to carry on Rick’s memory and legacy of community service by supporting returning veterans in their preparation for commercial real estate careers in Orange County. In partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, the Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship committee will award one or more scholarships annually to returning veterans pursuing education at area institutions of higher learning in Orange County. Rick was an amazing man who was always thinking of ways to help other people throughout his career, military service and community volunteerism. Known for his generosity and humor, Rick leaves a legion of friends and fans.

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ThinkTogether

As one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Orange County, Think Together serves over 150,000 students throughout the state of California with expanded learning programs. Think Together helps students from low-income neighborhoods reach their academic and career goals with a broad range of enrichment activities including career technical education, job readiness, and leadership development. In partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, Think Together supports select graduating high school seniors with scholarships for college and university.

TK Maritime Scholarship

TK Maritime Scholarship

From a young age, J. Torben Karlshoej had an immense interest in the sea and ships. During his early 20s he traveled from his home in Denmark to the United States. After immigrating to the U.S., the young visionary delved into his nautical fascination and established his own shipping company known as the Teekay Shipping Group. Since its inception, the company has been a worldwide leader and innovator in the evolution of the maritime industry. Unable to continue his education past high school, J.Torben Karlshoej understood the power that education had to help those in disadvantaged circumstances gain a better life. Filled with human compassion and an appreciation for the seafarers who worked tirelessly by risking their lives at sea, Karlshoej became known for lending a hand to his seafarers who endured personal hardships. His contributions—not only in the shipping industry but to his employees and the community around him—made him a respected figure within shipping circles. Upon his passing, the TK Foundation was established with the values that J. Torben Karlshoej lived by to further the causes that he cared for so courageously and diligently.
Since its establishment in 2002, the TK Foundation has supported the wellbeing of seafarers, youth, and the maritime industry. The Foundation is optimistic about its continual growth and ability to help people interested in the Maritime industry.
The TK Foundation, in Partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, offers scholarships to students with a desire to pursue a degree in a maritime major at a U. S. University. Maritime scholarships grant up to $10,000 scholarships. Students may reapply for continued funding while pursuing an undergraduate education.

Ware Malcomb Foundation

Ware Malcomb Foundation

The Ware Malcomb Foundation, established in January 2015, was created specifically for the children and dependents of its employees to provide scholarship opportunities for those that would not have access to higher education without financial assistance. A contemporary full-service architectural firm, Ware Malcomb is a strong advocate of higher education and actively supports the advancement of academic education through scholarships. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb has grown into a recognized leader in architecture, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering with 16 offices throughout North America and Latin America. In addition to scholarships, Ware Malcomb’s philanthropic interests are demonstrated through advocacy for higher education and the advancement of the professional arts through monetary and volunteer services to academic institutions.