CASCWA Student Scholarships

At the end of each school year, CASCWA's number one priority is to recognize graduating seniors who have overcome adversity and will be continuing with their education in the fall.  The Coronavirus crisis has had an impact on our 2020 scholarship process.  Specifically, each section was unable to have the normal application process and the end of the year ceremonies could not be held.  Each section proceeded with scholarship selections.  As we update the website, we will be adding information from each section on what they managed to deliver to these incredible students to help them as they proceed with their education and future plans.

Student scholarships are given out each year by all four sections of CASCWA. Visit each section pages to learn more about the rich history of these scholarship programs. Each year, over $10,000 is given out statewide to students who have overcome adversity to graduate and our continuing with their education.


The students we want to recognize and honor are those who may have had to overcome lack of success early on due to personal or family problems, attendance or discipline issues. These students may have benefited from the intervention of a school counselor, community agency, or a child welfare and attendance worker.

Please help us to reach deserving students who are working against the odds to improve themselves. This may be a student who might not necessarily be attending a four-year college but attending a community college or a vocational program.

If anyone knows of a student who is deserving of this honor, please contact Bay Scholarship Chairperson, Janet McMurray at for any additional  scholarship program information.  

Bay Section  has awarded 12 - $500 scholarship awards to a very deserving group of students with compelling stories who have overcome unique obstacles and hardships,  Due to Covid-19, Bay Section was unable to hold a Spring Workshop where we honored our Scholarship recipients

The following is a list of our 2019-20 awardees:

Vianey Villanueva - Pajaro Valley USD, Natalia Schofield - Konocti USD, Deyanira Cardenas - Konocti USD, Joshua Avery - Berkeley USD, Cesar Castillo,  - Newark USD, Joann Chang - San Francisco USD, Kathy Dao - San Francisco USD, Liliana Garcia - Konocti USD, Cynthia Gomez - Hayward USD, Alan Yahir Lopez Cervantes - WCCUSD, Abigail Rickli - Liberty Union, and Avery Rickli - Liberty Union.

Congratulations to all!

Janet McMurray

Scholarship Chair

Information on the 2020-21 Scholarship program and application process will be placed on our website following the beginning of the school year!


The annual Richard C. Davis scholarship was established by the Delta Sierra Section of the California Association of Supervisors Child Welfare and Attendance to recognize the contributions Rich Davis has made to the association and for the enduring services he has rendered to school age students.

Two $1000 scholarships are awarded annually to a Continuation or Alternative school graduate who is planning to continue their education in college or a vocational training school. The scholarship award was designed to recognize the resiliency of a student who has overcome personal obstacles to graduate from high school. 

Delta Sierra is proud to announce the offering of a recurring scholarship opportunity to previous Richard C. Davis Scholarship recipients. To re-apply for the Richard C. Davis Scholarship, students must still be attending college or a vocational training school to be considered. 

If you would like to apply for the Richard C. Davis scholarship, please download the application below. You can mail or email your application and the supporting documents to: All applications are due April 1, 2021. Good luck Graduates! 

Richard C Davis Scholarship Packet 2020-2021.pdf

*NEW*If you would like to submit your application online, please click here.

Richard Davis Scholarship 2019.pdf

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Delta Sierra section proudly presents Brea Davis; she is a Richard C. Davis Scholarship recipient for 2021!Ms. Davis is a graduate of Rio Cazadero High School in Sacramento, CA.  She plans to enroll at Consumnes River College in the fall  to earn a degree in Business. Her ultimate goal is to run her own barbershop in the Sacramento area. Congratulations Brea! 




The Anthony Brucia Success Awards are the heart of the San Joaquin section of CASCWA. They are named after a high school graduate who found success. 

CASCWA’s San Joaquin section is made up of Central California school professionals who work with students in areas of attendance, truancy or behavior matters.

By providing cash awards and scholarships, we recognize those students who, through hard work and support, made the commitment and succeeded in improving their character.   They “turned it around.”  

We urge school staff in comprehensive, alternative or charter schools to help identify and assist those students who are applying for these unique grants.  For the students who win this award, it represents a belief in them, recognition of their achievements, and commitment to their future.  The application and additional, highly useful application information can be found on the ANTHONY BRUCIA SUCCESS AWARDS page.

Last year our San Joaquin Section's scholarship recipients were Araya Stone Bencoma of Big Pine HS, Abigail Halsey of Lemoore Middle College, Jose Romaldo of  Parlier HS, Madeline May of Mesquite HS and Kyleigh Austin of Templeton HS.                   

Each recipient received a $1,000 scholarship, and is eligible to receive $1,000/year for up to four years if they remain enrolled in school in good standing.  We also gave each of the winners a $100 gift card to go out and celebrate their accomplishment in lieu of our inability to gather for our annual scholarship luncheon.

Application due date for the 2020-21 Anthony Brucia Success Awards is April 9, 2021!


The Lillie Wilson Scholarship was established by CASCWA Southern Section in recognition of Lillie Wilson’s many years of service to CASCWA and to Southern California youth.

Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors that have overcome adversity with the support of a CASCWA member and plan to continue their education via college or career training.


  1. Student Essay - maximum two page, double spaced 12 point font including:

    • Brief description of the student’s background

    • How the student overcame adversity

    • How school personnel helped the student

    • Future educational plans & how the scholarship will benefit them

  2. CASCWA Member Nomination Statement - one page describing the student’s involvement with Child Welfare & Attendance and how the student overcame adversity.

  3. CASCWA Member must complete the Lillie Wilson Scholarship Nomination Form and attach Student Essay & CASCWA Nomination Statement.


April 21, 2021. Nominees will be notified the second week of May.

Questions? Please email Leslie Coghlan at 

A Special Thank You to: Maria Hwang de Bravo and Legal Books Distribution for their support to CASCWA Southern Section’s Scholarship fund. 

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