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EDUCATION

PROGRAM HISTORY
& OVERVIEW

Good Tidings supports education by providing education grants to high school seniors in need who have dedicated themselves to extraordinary community service projects. Since its inception, we have granted $1,417,000 to over 340 deserving high school seniors. In 1999, the Good Tidings Foundation Community Service Scholarship program started small, with five recipients receiving $1,000 each. Today, our program awards $100,000 annually to 10 underserved high school seniors at $10,000 each, providing much needed support to youth who have demonstrated tremendous leadership potential despite their own economic circumstances.

Our scholarships change the course of youth's lives by letting them choose their next step, rather than automatically succumbing to the cycle of poverty. We award our scholarship early in their senior year, giving them the confidence that college is a reality. Unique is the underserved individual who unselfishly serves others. Our funds award those who make great sacrifices early in life to put others first, many creating their own nonprofit organizations in their teens, with the power of education. We believe that all youth deserve access to education and the opportunity to pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals beyond high school, regardless of their family's socio-economic situation.

EDUCATION

Scholarship Application

Applications for the 2016 Community Service Scholarship are now closed. Applications for the 2017 Community Service Scholarship will be available in July 2017.

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Education

PAST RECIPIENTS

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2015
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2014
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2013
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2012
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2011
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2010
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2009
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2008
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2007
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2006
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2005
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2004
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2003
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2002
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2001
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1999
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2000
EDUCATION

Alumni Association - Where are they now

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Alumni

RUSS GURVITS

Russ Gurvits is very thankful to the Good Tidings Foundation and its community for the financial and community support he received in pursuit of his dreams. He graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, CA. When Larry Harper called him to inform him he was a scholarship recipient, he was shocked and surprised! The Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship was the first scholarship he received. Russ then enrolled in Diablo Valley Community College and then transferred to University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a degree in Economics and a minor in Public Policy. The Good Tidings Foundation provided Russ the ability to pursue his dreams, not have to work any additional jobs, and graduate debt-free. Today, Russ is working on 24RISE, a health and fitness technology start up, based at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. None of this would be possible without the support from the Good Tidings Foundation. Russ is currently the Good Tidings Scholarship Alumni President and he is passionate about continuing the cycle of generosity that the Good Tidings Foundation has established so that future generations can pursue their dreams the way he was able to pursue his.

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Alumni

ZEPHANII SMITH

Zephanii Smith was introduced to the world of leadership and social justice activism as an elementary school student through her local NAACP's Youth Empowerment Summit. She ultimately served as President of the Stockton Youth Council and the California-Hawaii Youth & College Division prior to being elected to the NAACP's National Board of Directors. During her time as local and regional Presidents, her leadership focused on issues related to education and criminal justice including Lobby Days and protests for the Voting Rights Act. In California, she spearheaded the development of socially-conscious youth leaders and sustainable youth units across the state.

Zephanii also has experience in youth development initiatives offered by the local, state, and federal governments. In high school, Zephanii was both a Battalion and Brigade Commander in U.S. ARMY Junior ROTC, a student representative to Stockton Unified School District’s Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, a student journalist for the local newspaper, Speaker of the Assembly in California’s Mock Legislature, a Congressional intern, a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program, an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma recipient, an ambassador with People to People International’s Student Ambassador program, and a participant in the Global Youth Forum. She returned to the Global Youth Forum in 2014 as a keynote speaker and offered training to students representing nine different countries.

At Claremont McKenna College, Zephanii was a member of the Student Senate and worked at the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute. During her junior year, she spent a semester organizing with labor unions in Texas, and spent three academic terms abroad in the United Kingdom, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and South Korea. She spent the first semester of her senior year working on the political campaign trail and in the office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, and her final semester pursuing research and a social entrepreneurship venture to support opportunity youth. She presented her findings at the 2015 Opportunity Nation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Zephanii, who is both a Coca-Cola Scholar and a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College in May 2013 and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific in May 2015. She now works as a committee consultant to the California State Legislature.

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