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Tahoe Donner Impact Scholarships

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Published on January 18, 2023

Tahoe Donner Impact scholarships are comprised of four annual scholarships, each up to $12,000 per year for up to 5 years (if conditions warrant) for a total of $60,000. These scholarships are funded by a seasonal Tahoe Donner resident who wishes to remain anonymous. Impact scholarships are designed for students who would otherwise not be able to attend college and are offered to TTUSD graduates accepted to an accredited 2- and 4-year college/university or technical school. 

Key characteristics that may be given preference in the selection of a recipient include the following:

  • Substantial financial need as evidenced by FAFSA or equivalent financial information, which may include copies of family’s current tax return (first two pages only)
  • First generation in the family to go to college/university
  • Have a compelling story and/or other demonstration of motivation to complete college and make a difference in the community
  • Drive and potential for success substantiated by academic performance commensurate with educational goals (minimum 3.0 GPA preferred)
  • A comprehensive response to the supplemental essay (maximum 500 words)
  • Strong recommendation by school personnel (teacher, counselor, librarian, coach, administrator, etc.). Note this letter of recommendation is in addition to the one secured for the common application.
  • Successful interview
  • The committee may decline awarding if no candidates are deemed to adequately fit the criteria

Requirements:  TTUSD graduates accepted to an accredited 2-  or 4-year college/university or technical school. Scholarship recipients should be enrolled in college for the fall term immediately following acceptance of the award. Additional essay and additional letter of recommendation by school personnel, and interview required.

Please Note: Impact Scholarship recipients are required to submit a copy of their official transcripts to TDGF on an annual basis.  To qualify for continued funding, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained.  Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Amount: $12,000 a year for up to 5 years (for a potential total of $60,000)