NSF Awards 18 computers in Next Gen Scholarship program

The Natomas Schools Foundation had 18 computers to award to committed students who need them to thrive in school – and these were among the applicants:

  • Brenda takes a college course and Advanced Placement high school classes, yet she finds time to play soccer, participate in a Ballet Folklorico dance group, and serves as president of the her school’s Sabor Latino and Think Globally clubs. She dreams of becoming an immigration lawyer someday.
  • Melissa has a 4.0 grade point average, takes both high school and college courses, serves as a cheerleader, is active as a Girl Scout mentoring children, has volunteered at Stanford Settlement and Kaiser, and has completed paid internships for PG&E and the Boys and Girls Club.
  • Shavneet immigrated from Fiji last year and has helped other immigrants and Hindi speakers adjust to school. He holds a job at Round Table Pizza, participates in Fijian dance, plays soccer when he has time, and wants to become an opthamologist He sought a computer to improve his grade and to help his little brother succeed in school, too.
  • Erykah has a 3.5 gpa and participates in Peer Tutoring, Christians in Action, and the Robotics Club. She also is historian for her school’s California Early College Academy program. She wants to become a Biomedical Engineer to save lives and change the world.

All four – Brenda, Melissa, Shavneet and Erykah – were among six high school students awarded Chromebooks March 25 in the Natomas Schools Foundation’s Next Gen Scholarship program. Twelve other teens won refurbished desktop computers. The nonprofit foundation raises money to supplement art, athletic and academic programs for students living within Natomas Unified boundaries.

Anna Vue, current leader of the Natomas Schools Foundation, surprised many of the students at their schools with the good news. The 18 winners attend five local schools: Inderkum, Natomas High, Leroy Greene Academy, Westlake Charter and NP3.

Applicants for Next Gen scholarships are judged on academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others, and on their need of a computer to improve or maintain their academic performance.

All Natomas youth were eligible to apply, including foster and homeless students. Winners had to have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. They also must live within NUSD boundaries and attend – or plan to attend – a high school within the district.

The foundation’s goal is to help close the digital divide and assist honorees in achieving their academic and career objectives.

Dozens of computers have been given away by NSF in recent years. Many were used laptop and desktop models obtained at no cost from a coalition of the California Department of Technology, California Prison Industry Authority and Merit ePartners. NSF and Natomas Unified have refurbished the computers and awarded them as scholarship prizes.

NSF Scholarship Deadline Extended to April 4

The Natomas Schools Foundation has extended its deadline for accepting scholarship applications to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, because its original deadline of March 31 was during the District’s week-long Spring Break when the Ed Center is closed.

Applications can be dropped off at the Ed Center, 1901 Arena Blvd., when it reopens April 4. They also can be mailed to the Natomas Schools Foundation, Attn: NSF Scholarship Committee, c/o School Leadership and Support, 1901 Arena Blvd., Sacramento, Ca., 95834.

At least nine scholarships will be awarded by the Natomas Schools Foundation this year to high school students who currently reside within NUSD boundaries or to post-high school students who previously lived here. Applications are due March 31.

Three $1,000 scholarships will be given to current high school seniors, and six additional scholarships of $500 are planned. Awards can be used toward expenses at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or at a trade school. Decisions will be announced May 15.

Winners must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and have served 50 hours or more in formal employment or volunteer service, which can include community assistance or participation in a school club or organization.

Applications are available at NSF Scholarship Applic. & pic — 2016

If you have questions, contact Jennifer Arechiga, 567-5430, or email her at jarechiga@natomasunified.org

Fun Run to Replace Duck Pluck Festival

New year, fresh ideas, different twist.

The Natomas Schools Foundation’s major fundraiser this year will be an October community Fun Run designed to raise charitable funds through fun, healthy exercise that will appeal to residents of all ages.

The tentative date for the Fun Run is Oct. 15. Meanwhile, the foundation has plenty of work to do, including choosing the Natomas course, soliciting sponsors, and publicizing the charity event so runners can mark their calendars.

All money raised by Natomas Schools Foundation, including proceeds from the Fun Run, will be used to support academic, artistic, athletic, and other school-related activities of all students within Natomas Unified School District boundaries.

The Fun Run will replace the Natomas Schools Foundation’s annual Duck Pluck Festival, a community festival highlighted by a $100-a-ticket raffle giving participants a chance to win a top prize of up to $10,000.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Fun Run or want more information about it, contact Sonia Mercado, President, at (916) 217-3968.

NSF Continues ‘NextGen’ Computer Scholarships

Natomas Schools Foundation is continuing its longtime tradition of awarding Chromebook, laptop or desktop computers to local youth.

Applications for the foundation’s “NextGen Natomas” computer awards were due Feb. 11. Winners have not yet been announced.

The foundation’s goal is to help close the digital divide and assist honorees in achieving their academic and career objectives.

All Natomas youth are eligible, including foster and homeless students. They must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. They also must live within NUSD boundaries and attend – or plan to attend – a high school within the district.

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

Dozens of computers have been given away by NSF in recent years. Many were used laptops and desktop models obtained at no cost from a coalition of the California Department of Technology, California Prison Industry Authority and Merit ePartners. NSF then refurbishes the computers and awards them as scholarship prizes.

As computers become available, NSF will distribute applications and set deadlines for returning them. Questions? Call Jenn Arechiga at 567-5430 or email her at jarechiga@natomasunified.org.