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The Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation Universal Scholarship Application opens January 14. Applications will continue to be accepted until March 1, 2022.
This year, over 160 scholarships from local schools, businesses, clubs, organizations, and individuals are available. Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation scholarship funds reflect new and established donors, alike. Many funds are over thirty years old, while others are as new as a few weeks old. Approximately $750,000 will be awarded through these scholarships. Current scholarship listings and the Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation's Universal Application for scholarships can be found at ScholarshipFinder.org.
Scholarships support students throughout the 2022-2023 academic school year and are offered to students pursuing any form of postsecondary education, including: associate degrees; bachelor’s degrees; master’s degrees; and degrees and certifications from a career, vocational or technical school. While most scholarships are primarily intended for and offered to students in the Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation service regions, some scholarships are available to national or global applicants.
“We’re thrilled to launch the Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation Universal Scholarship Application for the 2022 scholarship cycle! The Universal Application is an easy and simple way to connect current and prospective students to local funding opportunities, through a single application process. Many of our scholarship funds have been in existence for over 30 years, providing long-term support to our region’s youth. It is a privilege to continue providing support for the success of thriving youth and families in the service region,” says Sydney Morrone, Grants & Scholarships Manager for the Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation.
Contact the Scholarships Team at Scholarships@hafoundation.org with questions. For additional financial resources and other potential scholarships available to students, visit hafoundation.org.
The deadline to apply for the scholarships, which range from $250 to $10,000, is midnight March 2. The online Universal Application and more information can be found at ScholarshipFinder.org.
“The Universal Application is a simple way to connect current and prospective students to numerous educational funding opportunities, through one single application,” said Sydney Morrone, Grants & Scholarships Manager for HAF+WRCF. “Many of our scholarship funds have been in existence for decades, providing long-term support to our region’s students. It is a privilege to offer these resources to help students thrive.”
These scholarships were created by regional businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, and individual donors to honor loved ones, support access to higher education, and improve the lives of students as they pursue their diverse ambitions. For the 21-22 fiscal year, HAF+WRCF gave a total of $972,701 in scholarships.
This year, scholarships will support students throughout the 2023-2024 academic school year and are offered to students pursuing any form of postsecondary education, including associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and degrees and certifications from a career, vocational or technical school.
Contact the Scholarships Team at Scholarships@hafoundation.org or call 707-442-2993. For additional financial resources and other potential scholarships available to students, visit hafoundation.org.
Bayside, Calif.—The Humboldt Area Foundation and the Wild Rivers Community Foundation are accepting applications for the inaugural Aawok Georgiana Trull Memorial Scholarship Award, with applications due by Oct. 29, 2021.
Administered by the Foundation’s Native Cultures Fund, Scholarships of $2,500 are available for California native students who are engaged in Indigenous language revitalization. Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including undergraduate and graduate students and those enrolled in trade school. Applicants must express a commitment to Indigenous languages to be considered for support.
The Aawok Georgiana Trull Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by her descendants to honor the work and life of Aawok Georgiana Trull. Aawok Georgiana’s family describes her as a multi-faceted being who was a single mother and welder, among many other things, but deeply committed to the language, culture and survival of the Yurok people. “Aawok Georgiana spent more than 40 years of her life dedicated to revitalization of the Yurok language, contributing to an alphabet and publishing a conversation dictionary. She mentored dozens of students and worked closely with linguists to ensure that the Yurok language was preserved,” says Virginia Hedrick, a descendant of Aawok Georgiana. In 2003, Aawok Georgiana published the "Yurok Language Conversation Book," available at the University of California Berkeley Archives, which contains over 30 sections ranging from daily routines to family and relations.
The Aawok Georgiana Trull Memorial Scholarship application can be found on the Native Culture Fund website. Video submissions are encouraged; however all applications will be considered. Applicants in need of assistance can contact the NCF team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 267-9906.
The Aawok Georgiana Trull Memorial Scholarship Fund also welcomes support. To learn more about supporting the fund, please visit the Humboldt Area Foundation funds page. Contributions to the fund support California Native people actively engaged in Indigenous language revitalization.
The Native Cultures Fund serves the area from the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation in the north, to the Paiute Nations to the east and down to Chumash territory in the south. Founded by California Indian leaders and Native led, the Native Cultures Fund has practiced community grantmaking and program development at Humboldt Area Foundation since 2002. The Native Cultures Fund has made over $2.3 million in grants to 315 community-based projects in more than 100 California Native communities. Learn more at https://www.hafoundation.org/Native-Cultures-Fund.
Información de la Feria de Inmigración de Caridades Católicas // Immigration Fair Event information from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
El Programa de Inmigración de Caridades Católicas está organizando dos eventos para proporcionar servicios de inmigración. Esta será la primera vez que TODOS los siguientes servicios de inmigración serán proporcionados GRATIS!
Además, proporcionarán los cheques para cubrir los costos de USCIS para:
Si usted vive en el condado Del Norte o Trinity, HAF le proporcionará una tarjeta para gasolina.
Para reservar su espacio, por favor regístrese en: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/97f14fc75cd54ac594e1f9fe90b47a8b o comuníquese con ellos al 707-578-6000.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa Immigration Program is organizing two immigration events. This will be the first time Catholic Charities will offer ALL of the following legal immigration services for FREE!
Additionally, they will provide the checks to cover the USCIS filing fees for:
If you live in either Del Norte or Trinity Counties, HAF will provide you a gas card.
To reserve your space, please register at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/97f14fc75cd54ac594e1f9fe90b47a8b or contact Catholic Charities at 707-578-6000.
HAF+WRCF is proud to announce that five Humboldt County artists are winners of the 2022 Victor Thomas Jacoby award for artistic vision and creativity. Winners receive $10,000 each to support their work.
Each fall, local artists apply through HAF+WRCF for the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award by submitting examples of their work and vision for innovating and pushing their art to the next level.
“Victor was a gifted artist who wanted to recognize the excellence of fellow artists and enable them to broaden their horizons" says Craig Woods, Director of Grantmaking. "HAF+WRCF is honored to carry out Victor’s charitable vision by supporting Humboldt County visual artists and craftspeople each year.”
This year’s recipients are:
Annette Makino: An award-winning haiku poet and artist based in Arcata, California, who combines paintings and collages with her poems. Her work regularly appears in the leading haiku journals and anthologies. Through her business, Makino Studios, she shares her art, cards, calendars, and books. www.makinostudios.com
Zak Shea: A McKinleyville-based woodworker, painter, sculptor, and carpenter who creates functional and ornamental pieces of art furniture, sculpture, objects such as bowls, trays, carved paintings and countless wall hangings. Pieces of shell, rock, sand, bark, seaweed, as well as junk metal and other scrap materials often find their way into his art. www.instagram.com/zaksheaart
Claire MacKenzie: A visual artist in Eureka, Claire has been painting since childhood and loves exploring and combing media. She is currently working in oil, watercolor, encaustic and wool fiber. She often displays artwork publicly, offers private art instruction, and has worked as a graphic designer for more than 20 years. www.claireastra.com
Daniel Willson: Doing art again in 2017 after a 30-year hiatus, this multi-talented Humboldt artist started ceramics under the guidance of George Lee at Heartwood Mountain Sanctuary. Willson soon became a studio artist and instructor at Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Village, where he does slip cast sculpture work. He plans to launch his own business, Humboldt Ceramic Designs, in 2023. www.instagram.com/humboldtceramicdesigns
Steph Thomas: This black, trans, non-binary multimedia artist brings the culture, power, and beauty of the 415 to the 707. While born and raised in San Francisco, Steph has lived and created in Arcata for more than six years. Their influence is a combination of lived experience and a reflection of the resilience of the black people who live within and around them.
Their recent works have been digital paintings focused on the ever-expanding notion of Black Femininity, as well as the multi-faceted existence of Black Women and Femmes occupying space under capitalism. https://www.instagram.com/spicyprincezuko/
About Victor Thomas Jacoby
Victor Jacoby, an internationally recognized Eureka visual artist whose chosen medium was French tapestry, established the Victor Thomas Jacoby Fund with HAF+WRCF before his death in 1997 at age 52. Victor’s vision inspired his friend Dr. Rosalind Novick to make an additional gift to the fund and expand his dream of supporting local artists. This trust fund is dedicated to supporting Humboldt County visual artists and craftspeople and encourages exploring new ideas, materials, techniques, and mediums. In addition, the fund distributes annual cash awards to artists or craftspeople selected by a review panel of leading arts representatives.
Bayside, Calif.—The Humboldt Area Foundation and its regional affiliate, the Wild Rivers Community Foundation (HAF+WRCF) and the Arcata Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) are partnering to launch the Public Investing and Innovation Project (PIIP) to grow our region’s capacity for public investment. Amplifying this new effort, The California Endowment (TCE) also committed generous start-up funding for the PIIP.
To guide the implementation of the project, AEDC has announced the corporation is accepting applications for a new joint executive position, the Public Investing and Innovation Initiative Director, with the position officially opening to applicants on Feb. 17, 2022. You can view the full job description here at the AEDC website.
The PIIP is a partnership with HAF+WRCF, AEDC, and TCE to develop ways to build capacity within partner organizations to leverage stacked public and philanthropic funding opportunities, including unprecedented federal funding for pandemic recovery and increased California State resources. Future partnerships are envisioned to include organizations such as Tribal and municipal governments, educational institutions, healthcare institutions, and other mission-driven investors. The partnership aims to seek and blend these public resources with philanthropic and private funding for the greatest impact.
Currently, the Redwood Region has no formal collaborative effort to prioritize, develop a pipeline of projects, and leverage funding opportunities. In combining the experience of the region’s community foundation (HAF+WRCF) and the region’s largest community development financial institution (CDFI) through AEDC, the new partnership can make significant regional impacts as public funding for climate mitigation, economic development, and equity increases.
“This new partnership with the Humboldt Area Foundation and The California Endowment is a great moment for our region. AEDC and HAF’s combined decades of experience providing funding to community projects can uniquely support this region as we grow our capacity to attract Public investment. Together, we can create a strong coalition to identify and fund critical projects in our Northern California Community communities,” says Ross Welch, executive director of the AEDC.
The Public Investing and Innovation Project draws from Capital Absorption, a framework developed by the Center for Community Investment that measures and assists the ability of regions to attract and deploy capital in support of low- and moderate-income communities.
Through the capital absorption framework, communities like the North Coast gather to articulate their priorities, establish a pipeline of feasible projects, and create an enabling environment that connects community investors with community needs. Moreover, a fundamental component of the framework is navigating the policies, barriers, interests, and environments in which those projects will be implemented.
Capital Absorption empowers communities to assess their own economic development needs. According to the publications from the Center for Community Investment, the framework positions communities to be ready to engage with potential investors, whether that's public or private investors. The capital absorption framework also helps communities answer questions like: ‘where would we invest a large sum of money, who is equipped to manage it, and how does it support our community’s priorities?’ By using this framework, communities generate projects that are both ambitious and actionable because we know they are in support of community values and needs.
“The Public Investing and Innovation Project (PIIP) can empower the region to attract significant public and private investment while providing the infrastructure to absorb funding and distribute its equitability into systems. By building a case for economic development that’s based on community values and input, the capital absorption framework centers issues of racial equity, just economic development, and environmental and climate remediation at the outset of major development projects,” says Bryna Lipper, chief executive officer of HAF+WRCF.
As part of the partnership with The California Endowment, AEDC and HAF+WRCF will develop a learning and reporting model as part of the project’s initial development. Early learnings and organizational changes from both the AEDC and HAF+WRCF will be shared with TCE and other funders and financial institutions in order to evaluate how the shared-executive and partnership model effectively support community development.
“Investing in this project in Northern California is exciting. This innovative CDFI and Community Foundation partnership model has the potential to increase health an racial equity through a formal, values based investment collaboration that generates an enabling environment for more just economic development. During this unprecedented time we have an opportunity to reimagine how we can begin to address structural inequities that were laid bare over the course of the pandemic,” says Annalisa Robles, senior program officer for The California Endowment. “The multi-sector partnerships that focus on building and strengthening alliances that span racial, ethnic and socio-economic boundaries can identify the many opportunities for development on the North Coast and beyond, while also raising awareness to the barriers and systemic inefficiencies that hinder community investment. The Endowment is also eager to learn about this model and share its successes and learnings with the philanthropic and development communities,” she adds.
The Humboldt Area Foundation and its regional affiliate, the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, serve the residents of Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties in California, and Curry County in Southern Oregon. Annually, the foundation invests more than $6 million in our community through grants, loans, scholarships, and more.
About the Arcata Economic Development Corporation
AEDC is the region’s largest Community Development Financial Institution and is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. Since 1978, AEDC has provided financing for business opportunities in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties in Northern California. AEDC and HAF+WRCF have worked together to fund complex community development projects, including jointly providing more than $8.4 million in grants and loans for economic recovery during the COVID-19 response.
About The California Endowment
The California Endowment is a private non-profit, statewide foundation that works to make California a healthier place for all. Created in 1996 when Blue Cross of California acquired the for-profit subsidiary WellPoint Health Networks, today TCE is the largest private health foundation in the state with more than $3 billion in assets. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded more than 22,000 grants totaling over $2.9 billion to community-based organizations throughout California.
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