Information provided by Caltrans.
Caltrans District 5 and the California Transportation Foundation are still accepting applicants for two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within the five-county district that includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019. The 2019 scholarships will be awarded this summer to high school seniors from the Central Coast.
Employees of Caltrans District 5 initiated this scholarship program nineteen years ago which is entirely employee funded through the proceeds of coffee and baked good sales in the district cafeteria, according to a recent press release. The scholarship program is designed for college-bound senior high school students planning to pursue a career in transportation and live within the five counties of the district.
These programs are common in most of the twelve Caltrans districts and have the encouragement and support of the California Transportation Foundation, which donates 25% of the funding with the coffee and food sales providing the rest, the press release said.
"This scholarship program continues to flourish," the release noted. "When the program began in 2002, $500 was raised and one scholarship was awarded. In 2007, $3,500 was raised and seven $500 scholarships were awarded. The fund-raising efforts have grown since then, and we are pleased to have awarded $4,750 in student scholarships since 2017."
For a link to the scholarship application, visit the site at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d5/scholarship.htm. For additional information, contact Laurie Baima at Laurie.Baima@dot.ca.gov or call at (805) 549-3353.
For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast, motorists may call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or can visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm.
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