Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society offers scholarships to local students

For the second year, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society is offering scholarships to local college-bound students. Two $1,000 one-time awards are available to graduating seniors who live in Solana Beach.

“Giving scholarships to young people is a wonderful way to help local students,” said Pat Coad, chairwoman of the society’s education committee. “This honors kids who not only get good grades in school and do well, but also give so much back to the community.”

Applicants must be graduating seniors who live in Solana Beach and will be attending a four-year college, community college or technical school. They must also maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average, demonstrate financial need and be involved in the community.

In addition to the application form, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and another from an adult who is not related to the applicant and can provide information regarding the student’s community service and volunteerism.

The deadline to apply is April 30.

Following the deadline, the education committee reads the applications and selects the two scholarship recipients based on financial need, grade point average, community activities, extracurricular involvement, and awards and recognition. Winners are notified soon after.

Providing financial support for Solana Beach students seeking higher education is just one of the ways the society gives back to the community.

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society evolved from the Solana Beach Women’s Civic Club, which was founded in 1953.

Today the society focuses on civic and cultural advancement, education and philanthropy. Some of the projects the society has sponsored include the renovation of the Fletcher Cove Community Center, the acquisition of the Gateway property and the continued beautification of the city through plantings and public art. The society also educates local students and community members about Solana Beach’s history through programs at the Heritage Museum located in La Colonia Park.

Coad initially suggested launching a scholarship program when she and other society members were talking about new ways to get involved in the community more than two years ago.

Last year the society awarded $1,000 scholarships to Torrey Pines High School graduates Lizeth Garcia and Daisy Saldivar. Garcia is now a freshman at San Jose State University and Saldivar is a freshman at Chico State University. Both students were actively involved at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s La Colonia Branch in the city’s Eden Gardens community.

“I think it’s just a marvelous organization that does a lot of wonderful things throughout the community,” said Coad, who has been a member of the society for about 20 years. “I personally just think it’s so important for all of us to give back to our neighbors. Doing so enriches our lives and brings opportunity into the community.”

Scholarship applications are available online at the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society’s website. For more information, visit