Ben Parra was a self-made man. Born in 1923 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Ben came to the Sacramento area with his mother and brother at a young age. After a few years, his brother moved them to be close to extended family in Lincoln, where Ben lived for over 70 years.
Ben attended Lincoln High School and became involved in the music department, playing the trumpet and developing a lifelong passion. Upon graduating, he proudly served his country as a member of the Navy. After being discharged, he went to work at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento where he worked until his retirement. Education was always important to Ben and in his early twenties, he went back to school and earned his associate degree at Sierra College. In planning his estate, Ben left a generous gift of education in the form of college scholarships for Latino students from Lincoln, California. With this gift, other Latinos will have the opportunity for independence and a successful future. The Ben Parra Scholarship Fund will serve as a permanent legacy for a man who believed in the power of hard work and commitment.
This scholarship provides $4,000 to a student of Latino heritage who is attending or graduated from public high schools operated by the Western Placer Unified School District located in the City of Lincoln, California for the purpose of pursuing undergraduate education in a two or four year adult education, college or university setting. Priority will be given to students who are attending or have graduated from Lincoln High School. This renewable scholarship will help to cover the cost of tuition, books, and instructional supplies.
-Student must be entering first year of college or university.
-Student must be pursuing further education and enrolling full time in a college or university setting.
-Student must be of Latino heritage.
-There is no age restriction on applicants.
-Student must have attended or graduated from public high schools operated by the Western Placer Unified School District located in the City of Lincoln, California.
-Priority will be given to students who are attending or have graduated from Lincoln High School.
-Completed application must be received no later than 12 noon on March 24, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Selection and Award Process:
1. Each year a selection panel comprised of members of the Placer Community Foundation’s Grants Committee and community representatives will award one student with a scholarship in the amount of $4,000, renewable for four years dependent on continued enrollment and satisfactory academic performance, on pace to graduate by completing the necessary units.
2. The selection panel will award scholarships based upon the student meeting the scholarship guidelines, as stated in the application form. Applicants may be called upon for an interview with the selection panel.
3. If awarded, a certificate may be presented to the recipient by a member of the Placer Community Foundation Grants Committee during the student’s school scholarship awards ceremony or in person. Student success stories may be featured in printed literature and media.
4. Scholarship funds are intended to help cover costs of tuition, books and instructional supplies. Disbursements will be paid in the amount of $2,000 each semester.
Number of Awards1
Total Amount Awarded$4,000