Judith B. Cutcomb Scholarship

The Judith B. Cutcomb Scholarship is offered by CalRTA Napa Valley and administered by Napa Valley Community Foundation. It is awarded in memory of Judith B. Cutcomb, a St. Helena educator. The Cutcomb Scholarship supports current St. Helena Unified School District teachers who are continuing their education or graduates of St. Helena High School studying to be educators.

 Download a PDF of the Guidelines & Application Requirements

Who’s Eligible?

  • Applicants must be planning to enroll in education or pre-education coursework at the university level.

All Applicants must be:

  • Teachers/educators currently working in the St. Helena Unified School District, with a California teaching credential or certificate who are continuing their education


  • A graduate of St. Helena High School having completed the second year of college in a pre-education field, but not necessarily employed by the St. Helena Unified School District

Award Amount:


Criteria for Selection:

Through an online application and an interview, candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Timely and full completion of the written application.
  • Strong rationale for requesting the scholarship (in cover letter).
  • Long-range goals and time line for their achievement (in cover letter).
  • Potential for the funds being used to maximize educational benefit to the students and staff of Napa Valley schools (in cover letter).
  • Your perspective on the current field of education, including its challenges.
  • Effective personal and communication skills, both written (in cover letter) and oral (during interview)

Please Note: Awarded scholarships must be used between June 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025 and may not be used to reimburse the recipient for tuition or fees already paid

Additional Information:

  • Candidates whose applications successfully pass through the preliminary screening will be invited to an interview via Zoom to be held on April 24, 2024.  Please indicate a time preference from among the choices on the application.
  • Scholarship awardees are invited on May 21, 2024 to the luncheon of the Napa Valley Retired Teachers Association.  The luncheon meeting is held at the Elk’s Club in Napa.


Contact Susan Wight (sjhwight@gmail.com) or Dee McFarland (deemcfarland51@yahoo.com)

Download a PDF of the Guidelines & Application Requirements

Contact Us

For questions regarding scholarships, contact Lupe Reyes or Jessica Rodriguez at (707) 254-9565 or scholarships@napavalleycf.org

Si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda en español sobre las becas, llame a Lupe Reyes o Jessica Rodriguez al número (707) 254-9565 o mándenos un correo electrónico a scholarships@napavalleycf.org

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