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District gets more for scholarships

Annual grant from foundation has tremendous impact on Santa Clarita Valley high school seniors

Posted: January 25, 2014 10:57 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2014 10:57 p.m.

Scholarship funding for seniors in the William S. Hart Union High School District got a big boost recently in the form of an almost $150,000 grant from the San Francisco-based Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.

Members of the district governing board voted Wednesday to accept a $149,000 grant from the Newhall Foundation that will provide dozens of scholarships to graduating seniors from around the Hart district.

Each of the district’s six comprehensive high schools will receive “one scholarship at $5,000, two scholarships at $4,000, two scholarships at $3,000, and two scholarships at $2,500,” according to board documents.

One $1,000 scholarship will also be available to a graduating senior from each of the district’s alternative high schools: Academy of the Canyons, Bowman High School, Hart @ Home, Learning Post and Sequoia Charter School.

“We are very grateful that the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation provides scholarships for so many students every year, contributing nearly $150,000 in scholarships to high school seniors at all of our schools,” said district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker. “This has a tremendous impact and we are grateful and very appreciative for their annual scholarships to our outstanding students.”

The district sends a request to the foundation in June every year for the grant. The request is then reviewed and the foundation chooses how much money to allocate for the request, according to Pinsker.

This most recent award is 24 percent larger than the ones given in recent years. The foundation doled out $120,000 in scholarship funds to the Hart district in both 2012 and 2013.

“It’s a $29,000 increase this year and we’re very excited about that,” Pinsker said.

The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation is not related to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Tony Newhall, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, said the grant was increased to take into account the number of students in the Hart district.

But regardless of the grant amount, Newhall said, it is money well spent.

“We have decided over the years that giving money for high school scholarships is pretty much the best money that can be spent and given to the area because it encourages pursuing education and it rewards students who work hard,” Newhall said.

Seniors apply for the scholarship funds and the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation selects the recipients. The names of those recipients will be presented to the district board in June.
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