Carmel Unified School District

Carmel High seniors receive nearly $180,000 in scholarships

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 scholarships.

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.

About 80 members of the senior classed received California Scholastic Federation Lifetime Honors Awards in honor of their high academic records.

The 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 status.

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 Donations to the CHSF may be made at