Southern California Edison generously donated $10,000 in 2013 to the Eastern Sierra Foundation.  On behalf of Southern California Edison, Debbie Hess presented ESF Board members Kathy Zack, Jeff Griffiths, Terry McAteer, Carol Scott, Ramona Delmas, and Julie Faber, and Cerro Coso counselor Greg Kost today with a giant $10,000  check  to support scholarships for Inyo County students at the Eastern Sierra College Center of Cerro Coso Community College!   Jeff  affixed a tile in the Pioneer Pathway in honor of SCE’s generous  contribution to our students’ education.

esf 207Jeff Griffiths, ESF President, stated, “We are so honored to have the continued generous support of Southern California Edison.  SCE was an instrumental partner by donating the land to build the Bishop Campus.  We appreciate their continued commitment to our community.  The Eastern Sierra can be proud that we are the only place in California that provides full tuition scholarships to every local student willing to work towards higher education at a community college.”

In 1996, Eastern Sierra Foundation was instrumental in facilitating the land acquisition of 15 acres from LADWP and SCE and fundraising to build the Bishop College Campus.

Today, if you take a walk toward the front foyer of the Bishop campus, you will see tiles lining the pathway. These special and significant donations have created a space for our community, both young and old to continue to learn and grow. Now, all donations go towards scholarships available to any California resident who resides in Inyo County.  The Eastern Sierra Foundation is completely volunteer supported and 100% of donations go to support scholarships.  Applicants must attend Cerro Coso Community College, the Bishop Campus, as a full-time student (12 units or more credits). The Scholarship will remain in effect to support 60 students each semester as long as funding is available to support the program.

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to encourage potential Inyo County students (Including Tri-Valley residents) to enroll and attend classes at the Bishop campus and work toward an educational goal such as obtaining an Associate’s Degree, Certificate, and or complete a significant number of general education units for students planning to transfer to a university.  The scholarship applications are available on the Bishop campus at Admissions and Records or at the Counseling Office when registration begins.  The Scholarship pays for all course enrollment fees and up to a maximum of $300 for required text book fees.

“I wanted the chance to do what my mother could not do, which is to get a college education, so I could have more options. This scholarship was a huge blessing to me and my family.”

Local scholarship recipient.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution can make their check payable to the “Eastern Sierra Foundation”, and note “Scholarships” on the memo line.  Checks can be delivered to any member the Eastern Sierra Foundation Board, or checks can be delivered c/o Rick Litman, 3792 Ranch Road, Bishop, CA 93514 Bishop, California.

Please contact Jeff Griffiths at 760 937-0072 for more information.