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     Message from our Executive Director


Although our 2016 Competitive Grant Cycle is closed, our 2016 Scholarship Cycle is up and running.  We have three new scholarships to add to our extensive opportunities for Gilroy students:

1.      The Sontag Family Scholarship.  This is a $1,000 award to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Gilroy and is current, or has been, in Foster Care.  Or, was in Foster Care prior to adoption.

2.      The Dr. Joseph Kraut, Jr. Memorial Medical School Scholarship.  This is a $5,000 award to a student who was born, raised or graduated from a high school in South Santa Clara County or San Benito County and is a graduating senior in undergraduate school and has been accepted to medical school, or is already in medical school.

3.      The Uvas Creek Scholarship.  This is a $20,000 award, divided over four years, for 15 Gilroy Unified School District graduating seniors.

To see the Criteria and Applications for these scholarships as well as others we are offering, please click here.

A reminder that most of our scholarship applications are due on March 4; however, the new Dr. Joseph Kraut, Jr. Memorial Medical School Scholarship is not due until April 30.

Our community is truly blessed to have donors who believe in rewarding academic achievements and offering financial assistance to our local students!  Bravo!


Donna Pray











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  • Our mission is to invest charitable gifts into a lasting legacy and mobilize funding to serve the vital needs of the Gilroy community.
  • Our vision is to mobilize public and private financial support in order to grow the endowment and facilitate pass-through funding, thereby increasing grant giving.
  • Our goal is to become widely known as Gilroy’s foremost charity and problem-solving resource.
  • Our desire is to foster unity and cooperation between the Foundation and other grant-giving organizations.
  • Our intent is to provide expertise to other groups in need.
  • Our heart lies in allowing philanthropy to occur that can make a real difference in people’s lives.