Tri Counties Bank Scholarship Program
Tri Counties Bank is partnering with the United Way of Northern California to issue up to $40,000 in scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2015. For the 2015-2016 academic year, awards will range between $500 and $1,500 for any college-related expenses including tuition, books or housing. The scholarship will be applicable to students graduating from high schools in Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
“Tri Counties Bank has a very long history of providing scholarships to those who may have been overlooked by other programs," according to Rick Smith, President & CEO of Tri Counties Bank.
Wendy Zanotelli, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California said, "The primary focus areas of the United Way are Financial Stability, Health and Education so managing this scholarship fund is a natural fit for us. We're excited to partner with Tri Counties Bank for the 2nd year in a row to support these future community leaders in their post-secondary education goals.”
Scholarship applicants are required to maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average or higher during the applicant’s senior year and demonstrate financial need. The application period is now open and the submission deadline is April 24, 2015. For more information, contact United Way of Northern California at 530-241-7521.
Tri Counties Bank Awards $38,000 in Scholarships to
39 Students from 8 Northstate Counties!
Redding, CA – (August 14, 2014) – Tri Counties Bank, in partnership with United Way of Northern California, issued $38,000 in scholarships at an award ceremony held Tuesday evening at the Red Lion Inn in Redding. The awards were between $500 and $2,000 and were presented to 39 students from 21 high schools in 8 Northstate counties.
“Tri Counties Bank has a very long history of providing scholarships to students in our serving area. We are proud to continue the tradition of helping students achieve their post-secondary education goals,” according to Rick Smith, President & CEO of Tri Counties Bank.
Wendy Zanotelli, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California said, “With United Way’s focus on the building blocks for a good life: Education, Financial Stability, and Health, we are thrilled to partner with the bank for this scholarship program. The students chosen for these awards are incredibly talented and show a great deal of promise as future community leaders .”
Tiana Davall, a scholarship recipient who graduated from Pioneer High School and will be attending Shasta Community College stated, “I am so grateful for this opportunity and award. This scholarship is going to help me so much and looking around the room, it is really neat to see how many of us are being helped.”
The recipients will be going off to 24 different colleges, ranging from local community colleges and universities, to academies and universities throughout the nation. Recipient pictures and more information can be found on the United Way of Northern California Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UNitedwayofnortherncalifornia. For more information, contact United Way of Northern California at 530-241-7521.
Pictured are representatives from Tri Counties Bank, United Way of Northern California, Scholarship Review Committee Members, and Scholarship Recipients. (Photo: United Way of Northern California)
United Way Works to end America’s education crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes (1). These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
In 2008, United Way Worldwide launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.
We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.
Early Grade Literacy Support
Children who cannot read well by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school (2). Yet millions of American children get to fourth grade without reading well. To address this critical issue, United Way has launched an initiative to boost early grade reading. If you are in a position to read with children you can play a critical role in helping create strong readers and better learners. To support this effort, United Way has created this Tools & Tips for Reading with Children Toolkit. Click here to read or download.
How You Can Help
To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.
- Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.
- Hernandez, Donald J., Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Center for Demographic Analysis, University at Albany, State of New York; Foundation for Child Development. 2011