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HARRY AND ELEANOR D. NELSON VACAVILLE ENDOWMENT FUND

2024 Scholarship cycle is now CLOSED

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2023 Nelson Fund Scholarship Recipients

We extend our sincerest congratulations to these five exemplary graduating seniors who have garnered a 2023 scholarship!  These generous awards (totaling $82,500) are all made possible from the Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund.  We wish them every possible success as they embark on the next chapter of their lives!

Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Scholarship - These three deserving students will each receive a $20,000 scholarship, payable at $5,000 over four years.

  • Alexis Marie Abadiano, Will C. Wood H.S.
  • Kyra Gosset, Vacaville H.S.
  • Caitlin Peck, Vacaville H.S.

Grace B. Powell Vacaville High School Scholarship - This deserving student will receive a $20,000 scholarship, payable at $5,000 over four years.

  • Ivy Knabe, Vacaville H.S. Valedictorian

Auldin Briggs Achievement Scholarship - This deserving student will receive a $2,500 scholarship, as a one-time payment.

  • Aniyah Morris, Vacaville H.S.

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2022 NELSON FUND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to these eight 2022 Nelson Fund scholarship winners.

Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Scholarship - Four recipients, each will receive a $20,000 scholarship, payable at $5,000 over four years.

  • Hailey Freestone, Will C. Wood H.S.
  • Jack Hobbs, Vacaville High School
  • Kelsey Hobbs, Vacaville High School
  • James Torres, Will C. Wood H.S.

Grace B. Powell Vacaville High School Scholarship - One recipient will receive a $20,000 scholarship, payable at $5,000 over four years.

  • Alexandra Bulris, Vacaville High School

Auldin Briggs Achievement Scholarship - Three recipients, each will receive a $2,500 scholarship, a one-time payment.

  • Aaron Kitzes, Will C. Wood H.S.
  • Kylie Williams, Vacaville High School
  • Shannon Williamson, Will C. Wood H.S.
2020 & 2021 NELSON FUND SCHOLARSHIP CYCLE

For 2020 and 2021, due to COVID-19 constraints and considerations, SCF had to make changes to our 'normal' Scholarship Fund Cycle and procedures. We celebrated the graduating Class of 2020 and 2021 by offering a larger number of Nelson Fund scholarships to eligible applicants. SCF was not able to provide 4-year automatically renewable Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson scholarships to the class of 2020 or 2021 recipients.  The Briggs, Powell, and Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Scholarships were awarded at $2,500 each; all 2020 and 2021 recipients who meet the annual renewal requirements are eligible to re-apply for additional scholarship payments of $2,500 annually (through 2024). 

2019 NELSON FUND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Scholarship
($20,000 each at $5,000 per year for 4 years)
High School Student Name Major or Career University
Vacaville H.S. Daniel Gonzalez Chemistry & Computer Science UC Berkeley
Will C. Wood Kendal Hiemke Public Health UC Davis
Will C. Wood Christion Jones Business Univ of San Francisco
Will C. Wood Dena Liu Biology UC Los Angeles
Will C. Wood Grace Pessagno Human Biology UC Santa Cruz
Auldin Briggs Achievement Scholarship
(one time award at $2,000 each)
High School Student Name Major or Career University
Buckingham Charter M.H.S. Dylan Ocampo Gender Studies Solano Community College
Grace B. Powell V.H.S Scholarship
(one time award at $5,000)
High School Student Name Major or Career University
Vacaville H.S. Daniel Gonzalez Chemistry & Computer Science UC Berkeley
NELSON FUND HISTORY & PURPOSE

Originally named “Vacaville Community Foundation” by Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson in 1967, this fund focused on benefitting Vacaville residents. Technically not a “community foundation,” but a private foundation, the Nelsons promoted education through the granting of scholarships to seniors in Vacaville high schools for college and postgraduate study. The secondary purpose was, and still is to promote public recreation, preservation of the environment, and preservation of historical records and relics.

In 2008, this private foundation dissolved and moved the assets to a new endowed scholarship fund at the Solano Community Foundation. SCF is now the successor and administrator of The Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund and their scholarship program. 

Historically, most of the funds distributed have been as scholarship awards. Initially, grants made were one-time, non-renewable awards of a few hundred dollars to a handful of students.

About Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson

Harry Nelson graduated from the University of California at Davis and was an agriculturalist with landholdings in the Vacaville area.  His wife, Eleanor Dexter Nelson, a native of Lodi, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.  She began teaching in Vacaville in 1920 and retired from teaching Spanish and English at Vacaville High School in 1951. During her "retirement," Mrs. Nelson devoted her energies to community service, including inauguration of a city recreational program for youth, the organization of Fiesta Days, and the establishment of the Vacaville Museum.

Established

Feb 28, 2008

Interest Area

Education & Scholarships