The Mary Ellen Dolcini Scholarship Foundation has awarded $35,000 in college scholarships in its inaugural year as a scholarship awarding foundation.
Eight members of the Class of 2020 from Pioneer High School, Woodland High School, Davis Senior High School, and Martin Luther King High School will receive awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 for their higher educational pursuits.
“Our aunt’s legacy is rooted in community engagement and public education,” said board member Val Dolcini, “and her investments in these students, and the many who will follow in the years to come, represent her belief that higher education can open the doors to greater personal and professional opportunities. These students are on their way!”
Board President Matt Guichard agreed, noting that these scholarships represent a pathway to the American dream, especially for students who are the first in their families to enroll in colleges or universities. “These young leaders share a common goal of making a positive impact in their communities. My aunt Mary Ellen would be very proud of all of them.”
This year’s inaugural class of Mary Ellen Dolcini Scholars are Antony Mejia, Kimberly Leon, Gisel Alcantar and Alondra Orozco of Pioneer High; Herbe Borges and Erick Ramirez of Woodland High; Keiry Perez of Davis High; and Jazmin Ramirez of King High.
The Mary Ellen Dolcini Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2019 to fulfill the wishes of Mary Ellen Dolcini, a Davis native and career educator, who passed away in 2018.
She left a portion of her estate to provide scholarships to Mexican-American high school graduates from Davis and Woodland. Students are selected based on need, merit, and overall performance in high school including extracurricular activities and recommendations.
For information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.maryellendolcinischolarship.com.ShareTweet