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Temecula Dollars for Scholars® (TDFS), a local 501c(3) nonprofit providing scholarships to qualified graduating seniors in the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD), will host its annual scholarship night on Monday, May 15, in the Golden Bear Theater at Temecula Valley High School (TVHS). Doors open at 6 PM for student check in. Student attendance is mandatory for scholarship(s) to be awarded. Only students who received an invitation and followed directions to reply will be guaranteed seating.


Scholarship recipients and their families should plan to arrive before 6:30 PM, when the program starts. All scholarship donors are invited to a special 5:30 PM reception in the newly-opened TVHS Culinary Arts Center. Culinary students will create and serve complimentary refreshments.Scholarship donors include individuals and families, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, and other local business, education, and community leaders.  The TVHS Golden Bear Theater is located at 31355 Rancho Vista Road  in Temecula.


Celebrating three decades of service to TVUSD graduates, this year’s TDFS awards night is hosted by TVHS, the site of the group’s inception. TDFS 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, TDFS will present more than $150,000 in local scholarships. Over its history, it has awarded more than $2.7 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, 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 2018. For information and a pledge form, see its website,
Email questions .


For more info:

TDFS President Lynn Shaver, (760)  



Posted by: Laura Boss Published:5/9/17
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