SoCal: Temecula Dollars for Scholars Awards Over $211,000 in Local Scholarships to over 250 TVUSD Graduating Seniors

Kambria Godinho and Haylee Reynolds

The Local Scholarship Foundation is Celebrating 32 Years of Service

Temecula Dollars for Scholars®, a local nonprofit providing scholarships to qualified graduating seniors in the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD), hosted its annual Community Awards Night on Monday, May 13, in the Golden Bear Theater at Temecula Valley High School (TVHS).

Ms. Jennifer Aynesworth, Principal of Alamos Elementary School and Shawn Dauble, recipient of Alamos Elementary School’s scholarship award

Over 100 scholarship donors were invited to a special reception at the TVHS Culinary Arts Center. Culinary students created and serve complimentary refreshments. Scholarship donors include individuals and families, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, and other local business, education, and community leaders.

Temecula Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1987 by a small group of parents, teachers, and community members as Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Temecula Valley. Today its all-volunteer board operates as part of a national nonprofit educational service known as Scholarship America.

This year, Temecula Dollars for Scholars presented more than 360 awards, representing over $211,000 in local scholarships, to over 250 TVUSD graduating Seniors. A standing room only crowd attended the event, including Mayor Pro Tem James “Stew” Stewart and Council Members Maryann Edwards and Zak Schwank.

Over its history, it has awarded over $3 million to graduating seniors from Chaparral High School, Great Oak High School, Sparkman Alternative Education Center, and Temecula Valley High School.

“What makes the TDFS application process unique is that, with the completion and submission of one online application, TVUSD graduates have an opportunity to be considered for scholarships awarded by their high schools and Community Donors, as well as local and national organizations,” said Lynn Shaver, TDFS President. “After high school graduation and throughout their post-secondary training, they can continue using their online profiles to search for additional national scholarships,” she added.

TDFS scholarships are awarded to help students pursuing any post-secondary training, not just college or university degrees. Students planning to attend certificate, associate degree, or trade school programs are eligible to apply for TDFS scholarships. Locally, the minimum grade point average is a 3.00; however, for national scholarships, requirements vary, and many do not have a minimum GPA, Shaver said.

The minimum TDFS scholarship amount awarded is $250; local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals/families are encouraged to support the scholarship fund by making a pledge for 2020. For information and a pledge form, see its website, Email questions to:

Press Release Provided By the Temecula Dollars for Scholars