February 15, 2002

Six $1,000 Scholarships Available For High School Seniors

The San Diego Chapters of California Special Districts (CSDA) in cooperation with the Water Agencies Association of San Diego County will award six scholarships of $1,000 to local graduating high school seniors interested in special districts. Noteworthy applicants attending a high school within the Otay Water District will also be considered for an additional $500 scholarship, awarded by the Otay Water District.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to increase knowledge and awareness about the role special districts play in local government. Special districts are many communities' most local form of government, yet few people understand how they work or their history within the community. Special district members of CSDA, such as the Otay Water District, will have the opportunity to personally work with local high school students who participate in the scholarship program.

"This scholarship program offers opportunities for students to learn about the purpose of special districts and highlights the importance of community involvement," said Bob Griego, General Manager of the Otay Water District, "I'm pleased to work with the San Diego Chapter of CSDA to offer such an exceptional scholarship program."

To apply for the scholarship program, students may contact Pam Rega, School Education Representative of the Otay Water District at 619.670.2291 or visit their local high school counseling office to request an application package. The application package is also available to download at the Otay Water District Web site, under school education. Students will write a brief synopsis on an aspects of special districts that may include: describing what a special district is, its role in our local economy, how a special district governs or any related aspect that interests the student.

Scholarship Requirements

The six winners will be selected based on their student essays about special districts (35 percent), one-page personal statements (35 percent), community involvement (15 percent), and grade point averages (15 percent). A letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member or professional associate is optional.

Grants Available for Youth Programs Application Deadline - March 1, 2002

City Council has recently authorized Parks & Recreation Services in partnership with the Parks & Recreation and Youth Commissions to recommend distribution of $22,500 by way of a standard grant process. The funding comes from the City's agreement with Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc. and is specifically allocated for youth projects, programs and events in the city of Oceanside, to directly benefit Oceanside youth.

Two grant opportunities are available: (1) the Parks & Recreation Commission's "Opportunities for Youth," which is designated for any youth service provider with a nonprofit status based out of Oceanside; and (2), the Youth Commis-sion's "For Youth By Youth," which is exclusively for youth programs that are initiated and carried out by youth.

Funds will be awarded through a competitive request for proposal process and will be distributed in May 2002. The applications can be picked up at the Parks & Recreation main office building at 300 North Coast Highway. Applications must be filled-out completely and returned no later than 4:30pm on Friday, March 1, 2002. For an application or for more information please call (760) 435-5041 or stop by the Parks & Recreation Office.

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