The Schoellhamer Scholarship was established 1990 in memory of Alicia Schoellhamer. Alicia was an active and committed member of the Watsonville community from the time she moved to the Pajaro Valley in 1979 until her death in 1990. She devoted much of her life in service to others. As a volunteer through the Volunteer Center, she volunteered over the years as a driver for seniors, an English tutor for farm workers, a board member, a fundraiser, and the founder of the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program that now helps nearly 2,000 Watsonville residents each year. Alicia also supported women’s causes through the League of Women voters and the American Association of University Women.
Scholarship winners are chosen for their commitment to education, self-improvement, compassion for others, and community service. Award winners have demonstrated an interest in the issues facing the Pajaro Valley and have been active volunteers throughout their high school career. Jesus Cervantes, Andrew Manriquez, Adriana Medina, and Victor Santiago were honored for their exemplary commitment to service in their local community and awarded a $500 scholarship at the Annual Scholarship Awards Night in 2010.