Hello, Hesperia!

It’s been a while since I’ve written to my friends in Hesperia. Life is busy, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to bring you important information about scholarships. All of us parents need to stick together and share this information to help our children succeed.

Here it is the beginning of April, and it’s getting very close to scholarship time at our high schools. I had the pleasure of meeting Jaimie Ruiz at the Career Center at Hesperia High School recently and asked him if I could interview three students who are seniors and preparing for college.

I met three students and they are all planning on going to college after graduation.


Adrian Penagos

Adrian, who is active in football, wrestling, soccer, track and baseball, has been accepted at the University of Southern California.


Rudy Cabral

Ruby has been applying for scholarships and has been accepted at four universities and will decide soon about what her decision is.


Israel Hernandez

Israel loves music and marched in the Rose Parade this year. What a thrill that was for him. He has also been accepted to USC.


All three commented that their families helped them to stay focused and set goals.

I’d like to tell all the parents out there how important it is for you to be aware of the part you play in guiding your children to college with scholarships. Your students can start applying for various scholarships even in their freshman year. Go talk to your counselors, get the information that will help your student in the years to come. It’s never too early to start preparing.

Being a part of the Hesperia Area Recreation District Foundation Board, I know that we offer six scholarship to each high school within the Hesperia School District (Hesperia High School, Sultana High School and Oak Hills High School), as well as Hesperia Christian School, Mojave High School and Canyon Ridge High School. Our scholarship application period ended last month, but there are plenty more out there to apply for here in the Victor Valley.

According to www.collegedata.com, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year was $32,405 for private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. That is only for one year! Multiply that by four and look for your wallet! Every scholarship helps.

Find out what is available and apply for them all. You may find help with a multitude of scholarships that are there to help you.

Parents: I can’t stress enough how important it is to be involved in this. And for all the students getting scholarships, congratulations and I’ll see a lot of you at the scholarship awards ceremonies.

Love, Charlene