DENISON, Texas -- Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship applications are available online for high school seniors who attend a high school located within a 35 mile radius of Denison.
In addition, for the first time, Ruiz 4 Kids welcomes scholarship applications from current Grayson College students. Scholarship application deadline is March 10, 2017.
“The pursuit of higher education for some can feel like an unachievable dream,” explained Kathy Topete, Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship Chairperson. “We look to help relieve some of the financial stress with our scholarships so that students can place their focus where it is needed most – their education. Our annual Louis F. Ruiz Golf Invitational funds our Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship Program.”
In addition to the existing high school senior scholarship program, this year Ruiz 4 Kids has added a scholarship program specific to Grayson College students who are planning to transfer to a 4-year university.
Ruiz 4 Kids, the non-profit organization of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., is based in Dinuba, California.
The Scholarship Program is available to select high schools in specific geographic areas where Ruiz Foods has manufacturing facilities: Dinuba/Tulare, California; Denison, Texas, and Florence, South Carolina. According to Topete, Ruiz 4 Kids receives over 600 scholarship applications each year and review teams comprised of a couple dozen Ruiz Foods team members volunteer to make the selections.
“It has become evident to those of us involved in the review and selection process, that sometimes it isn’t about the actual monetary award,” adds Topete. “For many of these students, it is the knowledge that those involved in Ruiz 4 Kids and Ruiz Foods believe in them and their ability to achieve their goals.”
In the past seven years, Ruiz 4 Kids has awarded over two million dollars in scholarships to hundreds of high school seniors committed to furthering their education.
In addition to the financial and emotional boost the award brings,” adds Topete, “recipients also receive coupons for free El Monterey brand product which includes their burritos, taquitos and quesadillas.”
High school applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or above to apply if they plan on attending a two-year college or vocational institution. Those who will be attending a four-year college or university must have a GPA of 3.0 or more. Community college students must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above at the community college level.
To learn more about the Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship Program and access the guidelines and application, click the link.