Eldorado Country Club
2012-2013 Scholarship Awards Ceremony
The Scholarship Committee held its annual Scholarship Breakfast and Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Eldorado Country Club. There were 19 scholarships awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year. In attendance were scholarship recipients, their parents, members of the scholarship committee, club members, and invited guests.
Katie Miller, the club's Assistant Controller, presided over the ceremony. Mary Panesar and Kevin McGuire, Scholarship Committee Member, presented the renewal scholarships while Maria Carreno, Human Resources Specialist, and Evelyn Nienhuis, Scholarship Committee Member, presented the new scholarships. Robert Gwyn, Scholarship Committee Member introduced Mr. Richard T. Schlosberg III the special guest speaker for the event.
This year's award recipients included:
Scholarship Award Recipients (Renewals) Presented by Mary Panesar & Kevin McGuire:
Olivia Anderson (Animal Science) - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Donna Ayala (Business Administration) - University of Phoenix
Beth Beardsley (Education Leadership) - Brandman University
Erik Baez (Kinesiology) - College of the Desert
Sarah Baez (Psychology) - California State University San Bernardino
Tayler Foster (Exercise Physiology) - CSU Chico
Trent Foster (International Relations) - Kings College London
Luis Jimenez (Biology) - University of Redlands
Andrea Kao (Law) - Syracuse University of Law
Angel Lopez (Architecture) - Cal Poly Pomona
Nancy Ng (International and Global Studies) - UC Santa Barbara
Krystal Nunez (Spanish) - CSU San Bernardino
Carla Peguero (Kinesiology) - CSU Los Angeles
Trevor Vallo (Undecided) - Orange Coast Community College
Scholarship Award Recipients (New) Presented by Maria Carreno & Evelyn Neinhuis:
Chanel Badillo (Liberal Arts) - Mira Costa College
Jacquelin Barajas (Nursing) - New Mexico Highlands University
Miriam Garcia-Salazar (Liberal Arts) - CSU Long Beach
Jazmin Ramirez (Microbiology) - UC San Diego
Eldorado Country Club Scholarship - Background
2012 marks the thirtenth year of the Eldorado Country Club Scholarship Fund. Originally started as a retirement fund for former caddy Freddie Pennie, the fund was converted to a Scholarship Fund upon Freddie's death in 1999. Robert L. Haynie, Neil Griffin, and a group of Eldorado members established the scholarship fund originally with The San Diego Foundation, and in 2007, the fund was transferred to The Desert Community Foundation, a local, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, which administers 15 scholarship funds for private clubs in the Coachella Valley.
Scholarship Committee - Fund Raising
Through the generous support of Eldorado members the Eldorado Country Club scholarship fund has grown tremendously in the past ten years. Since the annual scholarship donation letter was mailed to Eldorado members in November 2010, there has been over $200,000 contributed by club members, bringing the total scholarship fund balance to $2,016,610. Since inception, Eldorado members have contributed over $2,000,000, enabling the fund to grant a total of 65 scholarships, totaling $748,000.
The Eldorado Scholarship Committee is made up of several club members. In addition a very successful annual direct mailing each year, there has been a number of events held at the club in which the proceeds from these events are donated to the scholarship fund. Most notably has been the annual Men's Distinguished Guest Dinner. This event, to date, has contributed over $70k to the scholarship fund.
Scholarship Award Criteria
Prospective applicants must be children of employees or employees of Eldorado Country Club. Students must have a financial need and be admitted to a college/university or vocational/trade school. Other factors considered are work experience, participation in extra-curricular activities and community service. Scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
Scholarship amounts are awarded up to $10,000 per year based on the financial needs of the student. The scholarship is renewable each year. Since the award criteria is reevaluated each year the scholarship amount may be changed in subsequent years based on current information.