The 2020 Pedrozzi Scholarship applications are open. Livermore students pursuing college and career training are encouraged to apply. At least 100 scholarships will be awarded this year to help defray the costs of attending vocational training programs, community colleges, colleges and universities. Eligible applicants must be graduates of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, and may be high school seniors, college students or older adults pursuing college degrees or career training certification. Applications are accessed here and are due March 2, 2020.
“While the majority of Pedrozzi Scholars are studying at community colleges and universities throughout the state and country, we know that college is not for everyone and value the wide variety of post-high school options available to students,” says Carolyn Siegfried, Pedrozzi Foundation Executive Director. Generous community members, including Donna and Art Pontau, Alan and Mary Burnham, and the Rotary Club of Livermore understand the growing need for students to pursue vocational and career training to address the projected shortages in the industries requiring a skilled labor force.
The Richard E. Zufan Tool Scholarships, funded by the Pontaus in memory of Donna’s father, will be awarded to apprentices in one of the five ABC NorCal apprenticeship programs. Zufan was a die maker from his teens to his seventies in the Chicago, Illinois area. More the class clown than a dedicated student, he loved mathematics. So, working with his hands to precisely measure and cut small bits of metal to create cutting plates for cardboard carton printing greatly appealed to him. “Through this scholarship, we are acknowledging and supporting men and women who prefer to work with their hands and use their skills and craftsmanship in the building trades such as electricians and plumbers,” shares the couple.
The Burnhams are funding scholarships in honor of Alan’s father, Francis Burnham, who was a longtime vocational training advocate. Burnham taught industrial arts, vocational training and adult education and was active in the Iowa Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, now SkillsUSA. “My father thought it was important to treat all students with respect and help those who did not want to pursue a traditional academic path,” shares Burnham.
The Rotary Club of Livermore continues to fund its Ed Rundstrom Vocational Scholarship through the Pedrozzi Foundation. Since 2005, the Club’s annual scholarship has been named in honor of educator and community leader Edwin Rundstrom. Past recipients of the Rotarian-funded scholarship include a diesel mechanic and a radiology technologist.
The Foundation was established by Mario Pedrozzi, a Livermore businessman, who left his estate as a gift to the community. Pedrozzi’s generosity allows scholarships to be awarded to students pursuing any field of study. Inspired by his generosity, community members are also funding scholarships, some specifically for students pursuing STEM, music or healthcare-related degrees.
Furthermore, through partnerships, some scholarship recipients have access to additional support. If the recipient of the Charles Amirkhanian Music Scholarship plans to study music at San Francisco State, Amirkhanian’s alma mater, the school’s department of music will match the $5,000 scholarship. Through a Pedrozzi Foundation and Livermore Lab Foundation partnership, the recipient of the Kim Cupps Memorial STEM Scholarship is eligible to receive a paid internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab when he or she is a rising college junior or senior. The Foundation also works closely with Las Positas College to encourage Pedrozzi Scholars to take advantage of the full range of the college’s student success resources and increases the scholarship amount for those who do so.
In addition to applying for a Pedrozzi Scholarship, the Foundation encourages all high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, or California Dream Act Application to access all federal, state and school aid for which they are eligible. Visit this page to learn why and how to apply for financial aid.
The 2020 scholarship awards will be at least $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of 4 years, depending on the scholarship. A past recipient shared, “I work a minimum wage job. Due to my $4,000 Pedrozzi Scholarship, I spent hundreds of hours studying instead of working.”