Mayor Harvey L. Hall's Scholarship Fund Keeps Students Focused on Academics

Investing in our leaders of tomorrow is among the greatest rewards one can give to our youth. When Mayor Harvey L. Hall first ran for office, he pledged to donate his entire Mayor’s salary to assist local students pursuing their college education. As a result, the Harvey L. Hall, Mayor’s Scholarship Fund was established through the Kern Community Foundation.

Over the past 12 years, Mayor Hall has awarded 249 scholarships totaling more than $208,000 in financial aid to young adults in our city.

Mayor Hall encourages others to join the growing community of donors who have established a charitable fund at Kern Community Foundation. The Foundation helps local donors and corporations to organize their charitable giving and achieve greater impact from their philanthropy.

Mayor Hall extends his appreciation to this year’s scholarship committee for their time and commitment in selecting this year’s recipients:

  • Jewel Benoit
  • Robertta Gafford
  • John Hefner
  • Linda Hood
  • Rosalee Pogue

Announcing the 2013 Recipients of the Harvey L. Hall Mayor’s Scholarship Award


Haley Hashim*

Jessica Norwood*

Bethany Patton*

Jessica Relerford*

Parmeet Sidhu*

Ashley Stapley*

Katie Verhoef*

Bakersfield College

Marissa Patton

Bakersfield High School

Andrew Bolich

Centennial High School

Kathryn Johnston

Eternity Preparation High School

Mark Guildez

Frontier High School

Jazmine Mejia Munoz

Independence High School

Momina Chaudhry

Liberty High School

Reid Winchester

Ridgeview High School

Grant Obenshain

Stockdale High School

Kelly Pierce

Austin Relerford

*repeat recipients

2013 Mayor's Trophy Award Recipient

Kathryn Cornford, Frontier High School

Selection Committee:

  • Mayor Harvey L. Hall
  • Angelo A. Haddad
  • Doug Greener
  • Tony Lacava
  • John Surface
  • Mark Wyatt
  • Steve Holloway

Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 100 charitable funds with assets of more than $18 million, and has awarded more than $10 million in grants to improve Kern County’s quality of life. The Foundation accepts a wide range of assets such as: cash, appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance, IRAs, partnership interests and bequests.

For more information about establishing a scholarship fund click here.

June 6, 2014

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