Members of the Carmel High School Class of 2014 have received
approximately $180,000 in scholarships from a large number and great
variety of generous donors.
At the Senior Awards &
Scholarship Night, held in May at the school’s Performing Arts Center, a
total of nearly 40 different organizations, clubs, religious
institutions, individuals and others presented the honored seniors with
amounts ranging from hundreds to many thousands of dollars for their
college and university educations. Many seniors received multiple
Not included in that figure are scholarships that
seniors received from colleges and universities that admitted them.
Christine Walker received a four-year appointment to the United States
Naval Academy that is valued at $450,000.
Molly McNeely was
announced as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. Co-Salutatorians
included Chad Calnon, Preston Evers, Elisa Gonzales-Smith, Kaitlyn
Kelly, Peter Mellinger, Alexandra Polovneff, Jonah Svihus, Scott
Weismann and Timothy Westerman. Selection criteria for valedictorian
and salutatorians include at least 13 honors and AP classes and straight
A grades in every class for the entire four years.
members of the senior classed received California Scholastic Federation
Lifetime Honors Awards in honor of their high academic records.
Carmel High School Foundation (CHSF), which was founded in 2004 and is
working hard to increase its endowment fund, gave out scholarships
ranging from $500 to $1,800 to 43 different seniors. The CHSF is a state
public benefit corporation with an IRS approved 501(c)3 tax-exempt
The Carmel High Scholarship Committee gave out
approximately $39,000 in scholarships this year, compared to about
$4,000 to $6,000 in its first few years.
A Super Bowl Raffle
sponsored by CHSF and Padre Parents raised $50,000. Of that amount,
$5,000 went to Class of 2014, which gave out three $1,000 scholarships
to classmates. The CHSF used its share of the proceeds to give out
about $16,000 in scholarships to class members.
Among the major
scholarship donors were the Pebble Beach Company, the Carmel Valley
Kiwanis Club, the Carmel-by-the-Sea Rotary Club (includes some
scholarships in partnership with Californian-American Water Co.),
AT&T 3M essay contest, the Carmel Valley Women’s Club Foundation,
the Warren and Pamela Wilcox Innovation Scholarships, the Mark Stefan
Memorial Scholarships, the Carmel Masonic Lodge, Fishwife and Turtle Bay
Taquerias, and the Rotary Club of Carmel Valley. The Mark Stefan
Memorial Scholarships, named for a late Carmel High School Science
teacher, are endowed by his family.
Operating independently of
the Carmel Unified School District, CHSF raises money that supplements
but does not replace tax dollars. It is funded through generous
community support and works to build strong, sustainable relationships
with donors and program sponsors.
The CHSF is looking for
additional donors, including estate gifting, to endow scholarships for
deserving seniors and has various endowment gift levels. Kelli Foy is
the Development Director. Her e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the CHSF may be made