Click Here to download a 2019 Scholarship Application 

(Application deadline Friday, March 22, 2019) 

Scholarship Program – Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors living within the geographical boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District.  Scholarship applications MUST be filled out electronically and emailed to with your picture.  This district has the largest loading area in the state of California.  The boundaries go from Gilroy, including San Martin, to South San Jose and Almaden Valley.  The scholarships are available to public and private school students.  

2018 Sobrato High School Recipients


  • In 2018, >195 applications were submitted for scholarships.

  • In 2018, $56,000 in scholarship funds were dispersed.

  • Over $1.2 million has been awarded since 1980.

  • In 2019 we will award 60 scholarships

2018 Live Oak High School Recipients

2018 Central High School Recipients


Giving Back to the Community

The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras embodies more than just a two-day, fun fest for local residents and our Bay Area neighbors. The real reason for all the fungus-eating and fun(gi)-making is giving back to the community. The Mushroom Mardi Gras is a charitable, non-profit organization; every dollar above and beyond the cost of putting on the festival goes towards scholarships to seniors who live within the boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD), mini grants to elementary and middle schools in the MHUSD and donations to non-profit clubs and organizations that participate in the festival.

The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras began awarding scholarships in 1984. For the past thirty-five years, over 1200 students have been awarded scholarships, totaling over $1.2 million dollars for continuing education. Any senior living in the Morgan Hill Unified School District, including private schools, Central High School and the Morgan Hill Adult School are eligible to apply for a scholarship to continue their education.

In 2019, ten members of the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Scholarship Committee, headed by Ron Woolf, Board Treasurer, will award a total of 60 scholarships.  Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of academic performance, community and school service and need. In addition, one of the scholarship recipients will receive an additional memorial scholarship in honor and memory of our festival’s founding Father, Brad Spencer.  These students were selected on the basis of their outstanding community service.

Mushroom Mardi Gras congratulates the following students on their 2018 scholarships.

(2019 Scholarship winners will be awarded in April 2019)

2018 Recipients from Live Oak High School include Nancy Avina, Katherine Bell, Ariana Berumen, Haley Bonfante, Sarah Carmichael, Valery Contreras, Michelle Corona, Kim Dang, Cara Fischer, Dayana Sandoval, Tessa Seda, Grant Schsuchow, Arabella Williams, Kaden Kim, Sarah Leal, Kai Leong, Gabriella Magallanes, Issaac Munoz, Shivani Oza, Estifani Hernandez, Andres Quintana, Cera Hoffman, Miann Heist, and Jason Yamshita.
2018 Recipients from Sobrato High School include Taylor Austin, Tannaz Azimi, Lawrence Biagtan, Nathaniel Campbell, Henry Dang, Annie Dihn, Amanda Jackson, Bhavini Kadiwala, Terra Lara, Austin Le, Kristy Le, Nia Lyn, Caroline Martin, Kassandra Garcia Martinez, Chika Mbonu, Pauline Nguyen, Lily Pirir, Anmol Sandher, Razan Turminini, Karina Sanchez, Lauryn Webenbauer, Ashley Whitaker, Ashley Yabumoto, Netiporn Yothankong and Harrison Zhang.

2018 Central High School recipients are Mikaela Hoston, Daisy Medina, Belle Tabares and from Oakwood High School is Channing Bushman.   

Family, relatives and friends, and the general public are invited to meet our 2019 outstanding scholarship recipients at the Community Center Amphitheater Stage on Sunday, May 26 at 1:30pm. Many of these star students will also roam around the festival as Goodwill Ambassadors.         

For more information on the scholarship program or any of these services, please contact the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras office at (408) 778-1786.

Non-Profit Support – The Mushroom Mardi Gras invites local, non-profit organizations & clubs to participate in the Festival by providing discounts for booth space and/or donations for on-site assistance.  In the past, The Mushroom Mardi Gras has paid approximately $18,000 – $22,000 per year, to non-profit clubs and organizations for their on-site work.  Also, any funds raised from non-profit vendors, are entirely those organizations to keep.

Contact Us Today:

(408) 778-1786        

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2018 Oakwood High School