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Posted: August 30, 2008 9:31 p.m.
Updated: November 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.
As much as I appreciate and respect my third graders' responses when I ask them about their future careers and they provide me with ... firefighter, police officer, teacher, professional basketball player, veterinarian, movie star and president, I know that their minds will likely change several times throughout their school years.

My 10-year-old, for years, said he wanted to be a doctor and then, for a short period of time, he wanted to be an elementary school principal.

Now he adamantly contends that the perfect job for him would be to work at Subway, so that he can make those "killer sandwiches."

It may have something to do with the small physiological detail that he seems to be starving most of the time on most days.

I told him that attending college is not an option, so he may choose to be "whatever he wants to be when he grows up" - once he earns a college degree.

I say that loosely, but with conviction.

For some students, the road to career success may not be entirely dependent on four years at a university.

For many, however, it is the goal. As our young scholars transition into adulthood, we assist them in determining which direction to follow after high school graduation.

Based on their interests, motivation and goals, we may encourage applications to community colleges, four-year universities, technical, trade or vocational programs.

We may even support the idea of them taking a couple of classes while working part-time in an area that peaks their interest.

Thankfully, grants, scholarships and loans are available to assist with college costs.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, we have an amazing resource to support our youths who plan on embarking in advanced academic study.

Resources for help

For the past two years I have worked closely with the SCV Scholarship Foundation, as a general member and serving on the Executive Board. Last year, more than $130,000 in scholarships were awarded to local high school graduates.

As the new school year has begun, the Foundation is enthusiastically hard at work, once again, increasing awareness about the scholarship program, application and selection process, fundraising, and seeking potential sponsors.

As our community continues to grow and our number of graduates increases annually, so does our need to call on local residents, churches, organizations, clubs, schools and businesses to support our graduating scholars.These students have demonstrated character, achievement, resiliency, drive and determination.

Our hope is that all who are able to will consider becoming involved, as the SCV Scholarship Foundation has diligently and effectively facilitated the process for sponsors to provide monetary encouragement to awarded students for more than 50 years.

For more information about upcoming events, such as our "AfterWords" authors' event at Salt Creek Grille on Nov. 15, or about becoming a part of the Foundation legacy, please take a look at our Web site at; contact Judy Riley at; or mail a note to SCV Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 220236, Santa Clarita, CA 91322.

Linda Valdes is a Santa Clarita Valley resident and local teacher. Her column reflects her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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