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In 2017, >240 applications were submitted for scholarships.
In 2017, $56,000 in scholarship funds were dispersed.
Over $1 million has been awarded since 1980.
~55 students per year are awarded the scholarships.
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 $10 per hour for on-site assistance. In the past, The Mushroom Mardi Gras has paid approximately $15,000 – $20,000 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.
2017 Live Oak High School Recipients
2017 Central High School Recipients
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-four years, 1081 students have been awarded scholarships, totaling over $1 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.
This year the nine members of the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Scholarship Committee, headed by Ron Woolf, Board Treasurer, received a total of 240 applications. Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of academic performance, community and school service and need. This year the committee was excited to award fifty (49) scholarships to Live Oak and Sobrato High School seniors, three (3) to Central High School and one (1) to the Community Adult School and (1) to a private school, totaling $55,000. In addition, two 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 scholarship.
Recipients from Live Oak High School include Samaria Acosta, Grace Aochi, Lindsay Baker, Garrett Cardona, Cory Carlson, Brij Saraf-Chavez, Cynthia Tiscareno-Garcia, Nathan Garcia, Joseph Goble, Randy Hau, Claudia Lastra, Matthew Milner, Daniela Orozco, Chloe Ortiz, Mariah Jean Plaza, Daisy Rivera, Lianne Rupp, Rachel Sjostedt, Hannah Teddleton, Edin Aguilar Vasquez, Brooke Waller, Aubrey Wells, Dakota White and Olivia Wiemann.
Recipients from Sobrato High School include Dane van Almen, Jodyne Atkins, Illeana Nicole Capps, Diana Castellon, Jacob Chavez, Allyson Chun, Jang Dokko, Isiah Fernandez, Justin Hernandez, Grant Hallidau, Raya Kavosh, Colin Kyle, Seona Faith Limon, Kiara Lyle, Joshua Mecado, Zachary James Morris, Mirko Macura, Kamyar Nekoui, Alyssa Nguyen, Ethan Nguyen, Evelyn Ramirez, Xochitl Barrios Santiago, Gwyneth Tran, Michael Yamaguma and Chenyuan Zhang.
From Central High School is Daisy Irani Arenas, Daniel Case and Nyla Green.
And, from Gilroy Early College Academy is Tiana Krueger
Family, relatives and friends, and the general public will be able to meet these outstanding students at the Community Center Amphitheater Stage on Sunday, May 28 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.Type your paragraph here.
Gilroy Early College Acadmey
Scholarship Program – Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors living within the geographical boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District. 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.
2017 Sobrato High School Recipients