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The REACH Youth Scholarship Program has provided college funds to high school students over the past 21 years who have overcome adversity to excel in academics and sports. Each year, Santa Clara County high school seniors are nominated for the program, which stands for Recognizing Excellence, Adversity, Courage and Hard Work.

The nominees and scholarship winners for 2017 will be honored at the REACH Awards Breakfast, co-chaired by Ronnie Lott and Brandi Chastain, on Friday April 28 at the San Jose Marriott.

Only Santa Clara County high schools may nominate students for the award, with a maximum of five nominees per school. Nominees must then complete an essay and student information form.

Nominees must:

  • Be high school seniors and Santa Clara County resident or student,
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA,
  • Participate in at least one sanctioned high school athletic activity,
  • Demonstrate community involvement,
  • Show the ability to overcome adversity or obstacles to reach his or her goals.

For consideration, each nominee is required to write an essay of one to three pages based on his or her experiences. The essay should focus on the obstacles they have overcome and how sports have helped them achieve their goals. Essays will be judged on content.

Winning the REACH scholarship not only helped me financially, but it helped me to recognize that I have opportunities and that there will always be people there to help see me through.

Jasmine Yanez, 2011 REACH Youth Scholarship Award Recipient

For more information, please call Carrie Benjamin at (408) 288-2936.

See photos from 2016 Awards Breakfast!
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Stories of Success



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2016 REACH – Alexei van Klaveren