Canyon Crest Academy Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships

An exceptional group of seniors from Canyon Crest Academy were awarded scholarships at the Canyon Crest Dollars for Scholars (DFS) Awards ceremony on May 20 at the CCA Proscenium Theater.

“Readers volunteering for DFS as well as volunteers from our school and local community reviewed 197 applications from CCA students, representing an 11 percent increase from the previous year,” said Beth Broussalian, CCA DFS board president. “ Each application was scored anonymously based on a detailed rubric that evaluated details of the student’s extracurricular activities, leadership experience, honors, awards, and academic achievements. This year, we are delighted to award scholarships totaling $32,150 to 57 students in the CCA Class of 2014.”

2014 scholarship recipients excelled in academics, athletics, and the arts both at CCA and in the community. These talented seniors are planning majors as diverse as neuroscience, film, environmental engineering, computer science, music, industrial design, and theater. Colleges and universities they will be attending include Amherst College, Arizona State University, Bates College, Brown University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Tech, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Long Beach State, MIT, Minerva Schools at KGI, Princeton University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UCSD, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, USC, and Williams College. Funds awarded in CCA DFS Scholarships are sent directly to the student’s college or university to offset tuition expenses.

Scholarship funding came from many CCA families and alumni, the community, and generous individual donors to the DFS fundraising programs of CCA Directory, Graduation Lei sales, and Driver’s Ed. CCA families supported scholarships from the CCA Improv Club and CCA Science Olympiad. Corporate donors included Ducerus and the Price Foundation. Corporate scholarship sponsors included Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club, Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club, Hansen Surfboards, ITW Foundation, North Shore Girls Softball, Pardee Homes, Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, Wells Fargo-Torrey Hills Branch, and Mission Federal Credit Union, who also sponsored the Awards Ceremony. For the first time in the history of CCA DFS, the Dream Fund Scholarship honoring Dr. Maurice M. Salter was awarded. This multi-year, performance-based scholarship, sponsored by DFS Board Member Patty Contreras of Patty Contreras Realty, will be renewable each year of the student’s higher education, up to a total of four years. The CCA DFS Board thanks each of these donors who made scholarships possible.

CCA Dollars for Scholars fundraising events continue with Graduation Lei sales now until May 30 and upcoming Driver’s Ed classes June 16-19 and Aug. 18-21 at Canyon Crest Academy. More details can be foundon the CCA DFS website at