Since 1993, the SBC Foundation has invested a total of $35 million in student scholarships, providing financial assistance to more than 4,000 students. In 2004, 630 students will receive SBC Foundation scholarships for the first time, and 1,311 students will renew their scholarships.
Local recipients include University of California, Berkeley students Eleanor Chen and David Kim of La Cañada, along with Brittany Harvey of Spring Valley, Kunal Gonga of La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta students Ryan Stoddard, Diana Pedder, Alyssa Bolsey, who are currently attending Emory, the University of California, Los Angeles; Claremont McKenna College; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and San Diego State University, respectively.
"The SBC Scholarship Program helps our employees' families meet the challenges of escalating tuition and enables students to achieve their educational potential," said Forrest Miller, SBC group president of external affairs and planning.
SBC Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing undergraduate study at accredited four-year and two-year colleges and universities and military academies in the United States. Students who maintain specified academic guidelines can renew their scholarships annually. The competitive scholarship selection process is based on an individual's overall merit, including academics, leadership skills and work experience.
Students attending two-year colleges will each receive a $1,500 scholarship; those attending four-year colleges or universities will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and those attending military academies will receive a one-time honorarium of $2,000 from the SBC Foundation.