The Pedrozzi Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, community college and vocational training. Applications are accessed from the Pedrozzi website – Pedrozzi.org – and are due March 1, 2019.
The Foundation expects to award over 100 scholarships in May 2019. Current Livermore Schools seniors and all past Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District graduates are eligible to apply to join the growing list of over 1,100 Pedrozzi Scholars who have received $4 million in scholarships since 2008.
In addition to applying for a Pedrozzi Foundation Scholarship, the Foundation encourages all high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) to access all federal, state and school aid for which they are eligible. The Foundation’s website is also a valuable resource for learning why and how to apply for financial aid.
The Foundation was established by Mario Pedrozzi, a Livermore businessman, who left his estate as a gift to the community. In addition to awarding scholarships for any field of study, scholarships funded by generous community members will be awarded to students pursuing vocational training or degrees in the physical sciences, engineering, or music. If the recipient of the Charles Amirkhanian Music Scholarship plans to study music at San Francisco State, the school’s department of music will match the $5,000 scholarship.
Applicants are evaluated anonymously based on responses to short essay prompts, school and community activities, work experience, reference responses and academic record. The 2019 scholarship awards will be at least $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of 4 years, depending on type of 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.”