North County School News, Feb. 18


Pacific Ridge students help those in need

The Pacific Ridge School service learning group called Lunchbox, led by Ansley Leung of Carlsbad and Mckayla Proulx of San Marcos, has donated more than 125 sack lunches (sandwich, snack, water or juice and a pair of warm socks) every other week this year to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. These meals are giving a boost to the homeless and to under-resourced families in the area. Visit


Applicants sought for art scholarships

Graduating seniors enrolled in any Escondido-based high school can apply for the 2020-21 Art Scholarship Program sponsored by the Escondido Art Association. First-place winner receives $500; second place, $250; third place, $150; and two honorable mentions, $50 each. Students must fill out an entry form; obtain a letter of recommendation; write an essay; and submit three pieces of artwork (at least one original). Scholarship materials are available from scholarship coordinators at the high schools, as well as at Submit completed packages to the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Ave. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27, or from 4 to 6 p.m. March 1. Winners will be notified by March 3. Call Scholarship Committee co-chairs Rosemarie Woldin at (760) 743-6634 or Carol Crisci at (760) 745-3585.


Don Diego Scholarships open for applications

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation will be offering $73,500 in 2021 college scholarships to 26 outstanding students who live in the San Diego area and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Scholarships are offered in several categories, and individual awards range from $1,000 to $20,000. Scholarships are also awarded to several 4-H or FFA participants in the fair’s Junior Livestock Auction. Two $2,500 Vocational Education scholarships will go to qualifying students who wish to pursue an associate degree or certificate. Application deadline is midnight March 29. Find applications at

PFLAG program offering scholarships

PFLAG San Diego County announces its 24th year of academic scholarships available to LGBTQ high school seniors continuing on to higher education, or full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Since 1998, PFLAG San Diego County — a nonprofit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, their parents, families and allies — has awarded more than 140 scholarships totaling more than $280,000. Applicants must be county residents and meet scholarship criteria. Selection is made based on demonstrated commitment to the applicant’s chosen field, financial need and academic achievement. Awards will be made via Zoom on June 5. Minimum scholarship amounts are $2,000. Visit

P.E.O. offers loans, programs for students

The nonprofit P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has helped more than 113,000 women pursue educational goals by providing nearly $366 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans and the stewardship of Cottey College. The P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and need financial assistance. Loans are available at reasonable interest rates: $12,000 for associate and bachelor’s degree programs, technical or professional training, and post-graduate certifications; $15,000 for master’s degrees; and $20,000 for doctoral degrees. The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education provides one-time assistance up to $3,000 to women whose education has been interrupted and who must return to school to complete a degree or certification that will improve their job skills. To apply for these and other financial opportunities for next academic year, contact Sharon Gher at or Marsha Ostertag at Visit

Credit union offers $20K in scholarships

North Island Credit Union invites college-bound students in San Diego County to apply for its 2021 College Scholarship Program. The credit union provides $20,000 in scholarships annually to recognize Southern California students who are motivated in their academic studies and active in their schools and communities. College-bound high school seniors and community college students transferring to a four-year university who maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 are eligible. Criteria include academic performance, school or community involvement, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. Learn more and apply at Deadline is March 26.

Scholarship available for soccer players

Gregg’s Goals, a local nonprofit, is seeking qualified applicants for the 2021 Gregg Garon Scholarship. The scholarship was created in memory of Garon, who grew up in Rancho Peñasquitos and played soccer for Mt. Carmel High School, as well as the Peñasquitos and Poway soccer clubs. The scholarship aims to encourage young soccer players to continue their education after high school. Eligibility criteria include playing or having played soccer for a high school or club in north San Diego County, a high school GPA of 2.5 or greater and plans to continue post-high school education or training. It is open to young men and women who will be graduating in 2021. In 2020, Gregg’s Goals gave out nine scholarships of $2,000 each, and has awarded more than $88,000 in scholarships over the past 10 years. Find applications at Contact Dennis or Maryanne Garon at

Local students graduate

Receiving Bachelor of Science degrees from Park University, Camp Pendleton campus: Avelon F. Aceves, management/accounting, James LeRoy Acosta, social psychology, Bryna R. Crawford, business administration/management, all of Vista; Jonathan A. Arellano, Jesus M. Gonzales, Clarence S. Lamin, Curtis C. Gregory, summa cum laude, Ryan Blane Miller, business administration/management, Lagrima C. Bergwerff, business administration/logistics, Zacharie Brammer, criminal justice administration/law enforcement, Keonekealoha P. Fatiaki, Victoria Leigh Frost, Eric G. Rivas and Leon Maurice Lewis, social psychology, Iasia Jasmine Brown, management/computer information systems, Danielle P. Burke, geography, Jessika Gonzalez, public administration/Homeland Security, Zonia Abuei Kotaro, business administration/human resource management, Erin R. Kuhns, management/health care, cum laude, Justin D. McBride, criminal justice administration/law enforcement, Brittany Mills, sociology, Jason D. Rowley, criminal justice administration/security, summa cum laude, Andrew E. Thomas, social psychology, magna cum laude, all of Oceanside; Bretton T. Cordsen, social psychology, Carlsbad; Krystle A. Hall, business administration/personal financial planning, Camp Pendleton; Halmia Jackson and Katelyn Morgan Reiss, business administration/management, all of Fallbrook. Associate of Science: Brigitte E. Behlman, social psychology, Fallbrook; Jeffrey L. Graham, criminal justice administration, Vista.


Free self-care course for health workers

The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is offering its “Self-Care and Resilience” course free during February to support front-line health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. This online self-paced course explores the importance of self-care and the risks of moral distress, compassion fatigue and burnout. It delivers evidence-based self-care skills to guard against burnout, as well as effective ways to integrate self-care habits into daily practice. The course includes one continuing education hour or continuing medical education hour of credit. For a promo code to access the course, visit Visit or call (760) 750-4006.


District logo contest deadline is Friday

The Solana Beach School District invites the community to create a new logo reflecting its “Memorable Mission: Where learners find their voice, share their gifts and advance the world.” The logo should reflect the district’s mission and work well in color and black-and-white designs. The contest deadline is 4 p.m. Friday. Email logo to The winner will be announced March 11. Visit

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