Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Most Improved Awards for our Youth

Our club provides academic scholarships to graduating seniors from each of our High Schools: South Tahoe High School, George Whittell High School and Mt. Tallac High School. A committee evaluates the applications.  Criteria for the evaluation includes:

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financial need;
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academics;
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employment;
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extra curricular activities;
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letters of recommendation;
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the effort the student has made in life to be the person they have become as evidenced by the essay they submit.

2024 Scholarships

SOUTH TAHOE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Five (5) $1,500 Scholarships will be awarded to graduating Seniors from South Tahoe High School.

Instructions, criteria, and application are available on the El Dorado County Office of Education Scholarship site.

Click here for more information and to apply for South Tahoe High School Students.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2024

GEORGE WHITTEL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

One (1) $1,500 Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Senior from George Whittell High School.

Click here to download the fillable PDF application that includes instructions and criteria for George Whittel High School Students.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2024

Other Scholarships

Trade School Scholarship: One (1) $1,500 Scholarship for South Tahoe High School Student.  Student is selected by teaching staff.

Mt. Tallac– Scholarships are provided to students selected by their teachers. Amount and number of scholarships varies.

Lake Tahoe Community College: One (1) $1,500 Scholarship.  Applicants are selected by LTCC staff for review and selection by SITS Scholarship Committee.

OTHER AWARDS

In addition to the scholarships we award, we also recognize students in the 8th Grade and 12th Grade from South Tahoe Middle School, South Tahoe High School, and George Whittell High School who school staff identify as Most Improved due to their hard work.

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra is able to provide these recognitions to celebrate students with scholarships as well as support numerous community groups every year with funding raised from our annual fundraising event,

“Mad Hatter Tea Party with Online Auction and Vacation Raffles”

Additional funding is received from donations from the community and sponsors. 

Click here to see our fundraising efforts.

We thank our community for their continued support.

2023 High School Scholarship Recipients:

These academic scholarships are reflective of youth who excel in their studies, are leaders on their campus, and are invested in their community. It’s amazing all that they are accomplishing. 

Jorge Herrera-Uribe, GWHS
Phoebe Bitzer, STHS
Pasang Sherpa, STHS
Parker Truscott, STHS
Krystyna Schembri, STHS
Alyssa Skotvold, STHS

2023 Most Improved Student Recipients:

This award is provided to those individuals, who in spite of difficulties, have proven to themselves and those around them, that they can accomplish great things. These students are “growing into” themselves and seeing the positive changes they can make when they set their mind to it.

This award is provided to those individuals, who in spite of difficulties, have proven to themselves and those around them, that they can accomplish great things. These students are “growing into” themselves and seeing the positive changes they can make when they set their mind to it.

Liam Roper, 8th Grade - GWHS
Edwin Galacia, 8th Grade STMS
Makala Melton , 8th Grade - STMS
Izzy Misselis, 12th Grade -GWHS
Odette Sosa, 12th Grade - STHS
Jesus Valesquez, 12th Grade - STHS

2023 Sandy Williams / Carla Ennis Memorial Scholarship

This memorial fund is in honor of our member Sandy Williams and friend Carla Ennis. Both of these women cared about people, the arts, and our environment. This fund is maintained by those who loved and appreciated them and legacy they leave behind. If you’d like to contribute to this fund, please let us know at [email protected].

Recipients:

Parker Truscott, STHS

2023 Judges Scholarship

The women of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra are so overwhelmed with the amazing things many of our youth are doing for themselves, their families, and our community. The Judges Scholarship award allows our members to select a young adult who stands out in their mind as someone accomplished beyond their years. 

Jan Harrison, STHS

2023 Mt. Tallac Joy Rothschild Memorial Scholarship

We have been privileged each year to award this scholarship in honor and memory of Joy, who was a true champion for the students attending Mt. Tallac High School at the STHS Campus, as well as keeping a special place in her heart for their efforts and accomplishments.  This Scholarship has been generously funded through Teri and Rocky Rothschild, SITS member, Jeanne Prestella and other community members. If you’d like to add to this funding, simply let us know at [email protected].

Recipients:

Charles Moore
Andres Martinez Vilchis
Elise Miller

2023 Mt. Tallac Compass Award

This is an award from SITS that is given each year to students who have shown the resilience, fortitude, and commitment to find a path to their future that is not defined by their past.

Recipient:

Amalia Jiminez
KayliAnn Sanchez

2023 Vocational / CTE Scholarship Award

Recipient:

The STHS Career & Technical Education program has something for everyone. Classes are offered in Allied Health, Engineering, Hospitality & Tourism, Arts, Media & Entertainment. This Scholarship is awarded to an indivual who excels in their performance in their field of study. 

Jaxxon Moynihan

2023 LTCC Scholarship Award

Recipient:

Emarie Howard