In terms of emotional support, each year, awarded Scholarships convey a message of “We have faith in you! You can do this!
In the fall of 1999, Assistance League of Diablo Valley members approved the creation of Scholarships as a philanthropic program. During a recent interview, Scholarships Co-Chairs Lesley Salo and Cindi Segale related how chapter funds and the ongoing generosity of individuals and corporations have profoundly enriched lives of those who wanted to improve their circumstance in order to make a difference.
In May 2000, thirteen high school students who lived in Contra Costa County, demonstrated financial need, maintained a 3.0 grade point average and performed community service, became Scholarships’ first recipients. The addition of an interview component in 2003 evolved where program members divided into level appropriate teams and posed thought provoking questions to the candidates. Composed and determined, each shared insights as to what obstacles they had conquered while never losing sight of the goal to achieve and advance through education.