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To Our 2019-20 Scholarship Award Recipients!


Carlsbad Educational Foundation Awards Carlsbad Unified School District Seniors with $1,000 College Scholarships

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, this week awarded the recipients of the CEF Scholarship to graduating seniors from Carlsbad and Sage Creek High Schools.

Fifteen seniors who best demonstrated how their educational experience benefited from CEF programs in music, science, and innovation received a $1,000 award. Seven of those scholarships were awarded to students based upon financial needs, and two scholarships, sponsored by Viasat, were awarded to Science Olympiad participants.

We are happy to share the names and college commitments of this year’s winners.

Carlsbad High School:

  • Catherine Allen (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; studying journalism)
  • Finn Corrigan (UCLA; pursuing teaching credential to teach in high school)
  • Shayla Eslampour (UC Berkeley; studying biology to become a physician)
  • Edward Gardner (Dartmouth; studying social sciences to pursue equality in education and sports)
  • Arjun Grover (UC Berkeley; majoring in music and physics)
  • Shayda Moezzi (MIT ; studying computer science and engineering)
  • Reagan Phillips (UC Berkeley; studying communications with minors in entrepreneurship and Spanish)
  • Veeral Patel (UCSD or UC Berkeley; studying bioengineering)

Sage Creek High School:

  • Madeline Connelly (Stanford University; studying civil engineering)
  • Nandhini Ekambaram (UCLA; studying physiological science to become a doctor)
  • Samantha Low (UCLA; studying environmental science with an emphasis in Environmental Health)
  • Lavanya Pandey (UCLA; pursuing MD/PhD in medical anthropology)
  • Nathan Pereira (UCLA; studying electrical engineering)
  • Charles Roth (Purdue University; studying engineering)
  • Schuyler DiBacco (UCLA; studying biology to become a physician)

This is the fifth year CEF awarded college scholarships to seniors. Students Veeral Patel from Carlsbad and Schuyler DiBacco from Sage Creek are this year’s Science Olympiad Scholarship Award Recipients, provided by ViaSat.


CEF Scholarships

Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) scholarships are intended to encourage students to pursue careers in their selected college fields.

We award fifteen $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the Carlsbad Unified School District who are pursuing secondary education with a two-year or four-year college or university and have been involved in a program funded by CEF. Two of the scholarships, sponsored by ViaSat, will be awarded specifically to students who have participated in Science Olympiad and five of the scholarships will be designated specifically to need-based applicants.

The opportunity to submit an application has closed. Thank you to all those who applied!

College-Bound Seniors!

Did an elementary music class, a field trip like BizTown, a science lab, or high school musical inspire your college decision?

Tell us how a Foundation-funded program impacted your future and you could earn $1,000 for college!


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  1. High school senior attending a Carlsbad Unified School District high school.
  2. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (copy of student’s unofficial transcript is required).
  3. Plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be related to a program supported by CEF that impacted your school experience. One letter must be from a teacher/instructor, the second from a supervisor, youth leader, or other adult.
  5. One-page essay describing your educational plan and how participation in a program supported by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation has impacted your educational goals (see page 2 for essay details and a list of these programs).
  6. FAFSA results (SAR required only if you would like to be considered for need-based assistance).
  7. Application, additional documents and interview sign-up must be received by [Submission Opportunity is now closed.]
  8. All applicants may be required to complete an interview with the scholarship committee.
Application Materials
Interview Times

Please do not sign up for an interview until you have submitted your application.

Essay Guidelines:

Format: One-page, 12-point font, double-spaced, MLA format. Please include your name in upper left corner.

Your essay should address the following:

Describe your involvement in any STEAM, Music or Innovative program(s) funded by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and how your involvement has influenced your long-term educational and professional goals (refer to chart above for a complete list of CEF funded programs).

You should also consider and include the following topics in your essay:

  • What is your field of study and why did you choose it?
  • Awards, honors, and/or merits received during high school.
  • Why do you believe you deserve to receive this scholarship?
  • Is there anything else you would like the committee to know?

Programs that Qualify for the CEF Scholarship:

Elementary CEF Programs:

  • Environmental Stewardship (Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation)
  • International Baccalaureate (Jefferson)
  • Junior Achievement BizTown
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (CHE)
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) Robotics
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics
  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Days
  • Science in a Satchel (San Diego Botanical Garden)

Middle School CEF Programs:

  • Lux Art Institute Valise Project
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (CHMS)
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics

  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Days
  • Science Olympiad
  • Nordon’s Tech Time Challenge

High School CEF Programs:

  • Genius Project (SCHS)
  • Junior Achievement Finance Park
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (SCHS)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spring Musicals
  • Student Leadership Program