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NVCF Awards More Than $625,000 in Education Grants and Scholarships


Here at Napa Valley Community Foundation, we are thrilled to announce the awarding of more than $625,000 in education grants and scholarships this year, marking a significant investment in the future of our community's students. 2023 Scholarship Highlights: Total Scholarship Awarded: $438,210 Number of Awards: 80 Beneficiary Students: 66 Median Award Amount: $2,000 Our scholarship…

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Julieta Carrillo: Charting a Path in Healthcare


Julieta Carrillo marked her 11th birthday aboard a bus, traveling with her family from Jalisco, Mexico to Los Angeles, in pursuit of a new life in the United States. Her parents were determined to seek a bright future for their children, and Julieta is working hard to live up to those dreams today. Now 22,…

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A Journey from El Salvador to CSU Chico: Mariela’s Dream to Become a Nurse


Mariela Rivera-Moreno, an 18-year-old pre-nursing student heading to California State University, Chico, has always dreamed of going places. Born in Pennsylvania, raised for some time in El Salvador, and finally settling in Napa, Mariela has developed a passion for travel, learning, and giving back to her community. Her journey is now receiving a significant boost,…

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From Michoacán to UC Davis: Abril Martinez’s Pursuit of the American Dream


Abril Martinez, fueled by a profound sense of purpose and a close bond to her family, vividly recalls her move from Michoacán, Mexico to Napa Valley at age 8. Faced with learning English in a school where she couldn’t converse with her teachers or classmates, Abril harnessed her inner strength. “I used to tell myself,…

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Robert Alexander Scott Scholarship Fund Awards $50K to Students


The Robert Alexander Scott Scholarship Fund at Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) today announced inaugural awards totaling $50,000 to support six promising students pursuing careers in winemaking, vineyard management, and enology this Fall. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Robert Alexander (Alex) Scott. Alex was a passionate family man and a key contributor…

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From Napa to Stanford: Victor Chen’s Journey Fueled by the Dave Smith Scholarship


Stanford University’s admit weekend was in full swing, and Victor Chen was soaking up the college experience when he got the exciting news: he’d been awarded a scholarship from one of Napa Valley Community Foundation’s scholarship funds. The news turned his exciting weekend—one where he got to immerse himself in the potential of his future…

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