NSF Awards $7,000 in Scholarships & 15 Chromebooks

Continuing the tradition of helping students enhance their education, the Natomas Schools Foundation awarded 10 college scholarships and 15 Chromebooks to students throughout Natomas Unified during the 2018-19 school year.

The nonprofit foundation was created solely to raise money to benefit NUSD students and staff. It relies largely on public donations and proceeds from the Natomas 5k, a community fun run held in April that attracts hundreds of participants.

Over the past three years, the foundation has awarded $23,000 in college scholarships and nearly 50 Chromebooks to deserving students.

NSF college scholarships, in denominations of $1,000 or $500, are designed to help students with outstanding potential and a track record of employment or community service defray expenses of a college or trade school.

The 2018-19 college scholarships winners were:

1)    Fajar Akhter, Inderkum High

2)    Daniel Atherley, Inderkum High

3)    Reshmika Mansukhani, Inderkum High

4)    Leia Getahoun, Inderkum High

5)    Koleen Matias, Natomas Charter School

6)    Kai Kitsuda, Natomas Charter School

7)    Calista Alan, Natomas Charter School

8)    Danniel Urena, Natomas Charter School

9)    Angelo Hinojosa, Leroy Greene Academy

10)  Alyson Kahn, Natomas Charter School

Fifteen Chromebook winners were selected from more than 60 applications received from students in 5th grade or higher. Candidates were judged on the basis of academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others and a need for a computer to improve or maintain their school performance.

Winners were Sofia Gutierrez, American Lakes School; Allyson Sizemore, Amari Kiburi and Trinity Aguilar, Heron School; Javan Dosanjh and Fajar Akhter, Inderkum High; Jada Foster, Natomas High; and Ahndiya Kiburi, Lydia Jema, Tayybah Iqbal, Rylan Rubiono, Aubrey McCray, Miya McDonnell, Kristina Baca and Angela Bustos, all of Natomas Charter School.

Please consider supporting the Natomas Schools Foundation to help other promising students in years to come. Donations can be made through Pay Pal by clicking here. The foundation is run by volunteers and does not spend a single dollar on administrative costs.

Purchases made through Amazon Smile, a website operated by Amazon, will assist the nonprofit foundation as well. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to this charitable cause, and eligible merchandise you buy will not cost extra. Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and designated Natomas Schools Foundation as your charity of choice. Thank you!

Jada Foster holding up Chromebook from NSF scholarship program
Two students awarded chromebooks
Student Aubrey McCray holding up chromebook from Natomas Schools Foundation
Three Heron students holding chromebooks
Natomas Charter School students Koleen Matias, Kai Kitsuda, Calista Alan, Danniel Urena and Alyson Kahn
Natomas Schools Foundation Scholarship winner Angelo Hinojosa

Natomas 5k ‘Run for Their Future’ Video — Watch Now!

Hundreds of runners and walkers turned out for the Natomas 5k on Saturday, April 27, 2019 — folks of all ages, from all corners of the district, to enjoy picture-perfect sunny skies and get a little exercise while helping to raise money for deserving youth. Best of all, thousands of dollars were raised for the Natomas Schools Foundation to provide college scholarships and Chromebook computers to help kids pursue their dreams. This video captures some of the fun.

Natomas Schools Foundation Accepting Applications for 2019 Scholarships

The Natomas Schools Foundation will accept applications through April 12, 2019 for scholarships to help defray expenses at an accredited four-year college, two-year college, or trade school.

Multiple winners will be chosen for awards of $1,000 and $500. Applications are available here.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and have served 50 hours or more during the past two years in one or more of these three categories:

  • Formal employment
  • Volunteer or community service
  • Service to school through a formal club or organization

Candidates also must write a short essay of 300 to 500 words describing what they learned from volunteer or employment experiences, and how those lessons might help them in the future.

Over the past two years, Natomas Schools Foundation has awarded $16,000 in college scholarships to deserving students.

Decisions in this year’s scholarship program will be announced at school Senior Awards

Questions? Contact Jim Sanders at (916) 561-5267.

Dos Coyotes gives $2,560 to help NUSD kids

Thank you, Dos Coyotes and the Natomas community!

Natomas Schools Foundation President Sonia Mercado, several board members and an NUSD student, Roxxy, accept a $2,560 check from a fundraising event hosted last month by the newly opened restaurant at 2701 Del Paso Road. Patrons flocked there to eat that night — and Dos Coyotes donated all proceeds from the dinner rush.

Natomas Schools Foundation is a nonprofit group organized solely to raise money benefiting NUSD students. It has awarded $16,000 in scholarships and 33 Chromebooks to deserving kids in the past two years. Its next community event is the Natomas 5k on April 27. For more information, click here.