Each year, we grant over 20 scholarships to graduating seniors to attend their institutions of choice. Over the years we have helped hundreds of students.
Selene, a Carmel High School Foundation (CHSF) scholarship award recipient, was a student at Carmel High School when she applied for a scholarship. Part of her letter:
Every aspect of the hospital intrigues me. Hearing the rhythmic sound of a person’s heartbeat, the antiseptic smell of cleanliness, and watching the white lab coats, and blue scrubs run up and down the hospital hallways assures me every time of what I want to do. A nurse told me, ‘I believe that nurses are born to be nurses, and they know when they have been chosen.’ In that very moment, I was convinced that after going to a four-year college, I would be returning to a place similar to this—not as a patient, but as a registered nurse.
Having been born into a Spanish-speaking home, Selene struggled during her first years of school while learning English. Her parents had to go to work when they were very young and weren’t able to finish high school, so college aspirations were new territory in her family. She made the Dean’s Honor Roll in her first semester of college while taking 17 units, was elected to the Residence Hall Council, and volunteers in a hospital ICU. As she says, "I know that I am here because of all the people who supported me at Carmel High School.”
Daniel, another CHSF scholarship recipient, is now in university pursuing International Relations with a concentration on Security Studies.
I am very thankful for the support, scholarships, and community which helped me get here and I am determined fulfill my aspiration to improve diplomatic and economic relations between nations.
Ron Stoney Educational Pathways Program
The Ron Stoney Educational Pathways Program (RSEPP) provides the resources that help students with financial need to pursue their dreams through an awards process that opens the door to life-changing extra-curricular educational experiences.
In 2019, CHSF funded programs spanning the areas of Phlebotomy Training, A National Leadership Conference in Journalism and Media Arts, an Advanced Emergency Medicine Program at Stanford, a Leadership Camp, The Thirst Project Summit, WE Day and the Cal State Summer School for Math and Science (COSMOS). All of these programs were of deep significance to the participating students and helped them determine their life directions.
An attendee at UC Berkeley’s program in film and journalism, Lryic T., experienced such a transformative experience. “I realized how much I loved learning in the college environment and I now want to study journalism so I can work in the news business. I never could have attended this program without the help of the RSEPP and I know it shaped my future career path.
Who is Ron Stoney?
Almost 70 years ago, a Carmel High School Biology teacher offered an internship to one of her students for work with Stanford post-doctoral students at Hopkins Marine Station. That scientific research experience changed his life. He went on to become a highly honored vascular surgeon who saved countless lives. That student’s name was Ron Stoney, who is now retired and still working tirelessly as a volunteer helping Carmel High School students. In his honor, Carmel High School Foundation has launched a program to provide CHS students with similar life-changing educational opportunities.