Natomas Schools Foundation to Postpone Natomas 5K 2020

Natomas Schools Foundation has made the decision to postpone the Natomas 5K scheduled for April 25, 2020 due to the concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus and the illness that it causes, COVID-19. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

A new date will be announced soon.

Thank you all for your ongoing dedication and support to the Natomas 5K.

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 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.

Better than Ever! … Runners signing up now for Natomas 5K on April 27, 2019

Please mark your calendar now for the Natomas 5K “Run for Their Future,” which will be held April 27 at Inderkum High School to raise money benefiting students within Natomas Unified School District. Early Bird Registration has been extended to Feb. 28. Details are posted below.

Hundreds of local residents have participated in the 5K in each of the past two years — and we’re planning on an even larger crowd this year.

This fun-for-all-ages event will include vendors, entertainment, raffles, food, and so much more! Proceeds will be used by the Natomas Schools Foundation for college scholarships or computer grants for students within Natomas Unified School District boundaries. The NSF is a nonprofit group, run by volunteers and committed solely to the purpose of generating funds to advance students’ education. Details of the 5K event follow.

Advance registration is available at

The Course: The flat, fast course starts at Inderkum High School, loops around the North Natomas Regional Park, and duck pond before finishing at Inderkum.

5K Run/Walk Start Times:
Wave 1 ( 10-minute mile pace or faster) 8:30 a.m.
Wave 2 ( Slower than 10 minute mile pace and walkers) 8:33 a.m.

Awards Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. ( or as soon as the last participant crosses the finish line)
Packet Pick-Up: To be announced.
Race Day Packet Pick-Up and Registration: To be announced.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Monty Maxwell at (916) 769-2383

Register online at to run or walk the 5K.

To serve as a volunteer on race day, click here

Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on race day, Saturday, April 27th, 2019!

Natomas 5K flyer for April 27
Natomas 5K flyer - Spanish

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

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.

NSF awards thousands of dollars in cash and Chromebook computer scholarships

Twenty-eight Natomas Unified students received college scholarships or Chromebook laptop computers in May from the Natomas Schools Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to raising funds to benefit local students.

Winners of $1,000 college scholarships were Dave Khalasi of Natomas High; Sophanit Getahoun, Inderkum High; and Rebekah Shiah and Kalliope Zervas, Natomas Charter.

Six other students received $500 to help defray their college expenses: Bryana Castillo, Natomas High; Sara Brink, Raffaella Carrillo-Gomez and Lyndsey Tillinghast, Inderkum; and Tatianna Settanni and Madelynn Thomas, Natomas Charter.

Applicants for the cash scholarships were required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and, during the past two years, have served 50 hours or more in formal employment or volunteer service, which could include school clubs. A short essay about was required about lessons learned from that service.

The Natomas Schools Foundation’s Chromebook giveaway, titled “NextGen Computer Grant Program, was designed for deserving youth in 5th through 12th grades who attend school within NUSD and need laptops to further their education.

Winners were Christian Clark, Annette Contreras-Buenrostro and Lashea Dean, from Natomas High School; Chidinma Aniche, Michael Martinez and Lily Valdez,  from Inderkum High; Shanina Thakur, NP3 High School; Zaiden Bush, Nevaeh Garcia, Ynaly Rivers, Natalie Sandoval and Niyati Sista, from Two Rivers Elementary; Aureliano Gutierrez Jr., Leroy Greene Academy; Anastacia Monroy, Natomas Middle School; Lamont Bufford Jr., H. Allen Hight Elementary; Elliott Gough, Natomas Charter STAR Academy; Akshaj Mehta, NP3; and Yahaira Ramirez, American Lakes.

Applicants were judged on academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others, and a need for a computer to improve or maintain their academic performance.

Much of the money for NSF’s college and Chromebook awards was raised in the group’s annual 5K community fun run – “Run For Their Future” – which will be held on April 27, 2019 at Inderkum High School. Donations to the foundation can be made on its website at

NSF cash scholarship winners from Natomas Charter School

Apply now! NSF to award 18 Chromebooks to deserving NUSD students

Through its NextGen Computer Grant Program, the Natomas Schools Foundation will award 18 Chromebooks this year to deserving youth who need the laptops to further their education. Deadline for entry is 4 p.m. April 30. 

The goal of the foundation, a nonprofit group committed to raising funds to benefit Natomas students, is to help close the digital divide and assist honorees in achieving their academic and career objectives. 

“While students who overcome adversity have made significant gains in California, the efforts to achieve parity for all students must continue,” the NextGen application says. “The first step in encouraging students to be leaders begins at the local level and starts with our students in school.” 

All youth in 5th through 12th grades who attend schools within NUSD boundaries are eligible to apply, including foster and homeless students. Applicants will be judged on academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others, and a need for a computer to improve or maintain their academic performance. 

An application and more information are available here.

Apply now for $6,000 in Natomas Schools Foundation scholarships

The Natomas Schools Foundation is offering $6,000 in scholarships this spring to deserving current or former local residents who attend or attended high school in the Natomas Unified School District and plan to further their education.

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded specifically to current high school seniors, while  college students can compete for six additional scholarships of $500 apiece. 

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and, during the past two years, have served 50 hours or more in formal employment or volunteer service, which can include school clubs. A short essay is required about lessons learned from that service. 

Entry deadline is April 13. Winners will be announced in May by the Natomas Schools Foundation, a nonprofit group committed to raising funds to benefit students and schools within NUSD boundaries.

 Scholarship funds can be used toward expenses at a two-year college, four-year college or trade school. More information and an application form are posted below.

Applications are available here.

If you have questions, contact Janine Trevino at (916) 561-5288 or email her at [email protected].