John and Agnes McFarlane Scholarship Fund

College Major/Area of Study: Pursuing degree or certification preparatory to an occupation related to a life of public service (includes majors in administration of justice, civics, early childhood education, elementary or secondary education (teaching), global studies, government, healthcare, international cooperation, international relations, journalism, nursing, physician assistant, political science, public administration, public health, public policy, and social work) at a California college/university (no out-of-state institutions).

Awarded to high school graduates from any high school in Ventura County, are enrolled or will be enrolling in an accredited California community college or 4-year California college or university to pursue an undergraduate degree in the state of California or Ventura County residents who have graduated from or will graduate this year from any Ventura County high school and who are enrolled or enrolling in a career and technical training institute in the state of California pursuing career training and certification. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA (2.75 for reapplicants) and demonstrate financial need. Prior recipients may re-apply for consideration in successive years.

Special Requirement: Applicants must write an essay in response to this prompt: Discuss how your education will help you pursue a life of public service and explain how your life and values exemplify a sincere concern for the welfare of mankind

Varies: $2500 for community college enrollees; $5000 for 4-year college enrollees
Supplemental Questions
  1. In 500 -700 words, please share how you intend to pursue a life of public service, dedicated to "the dissemination of knowledge and to the public welfare and how your life and values reflect "an abiding faith in American democracy, sound belief in the system of free enterprise, high regard for human rights and freedoms of man and a sincere concern for the welfare of mankind."