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Carl Graves Scholarship Program Application

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Carl Graves Scholarship Program

2022 - 2023 Official Application

The City of Lake Elsinore, in partnership with The Community Foundation, is excited to administer the generous bequest of former City Treasurer, Carl Graves, that created a $1 million endowment for four-year and six-year scholarship opportunities for deserving graduates of Lake Elsinore Unified School District.


Available Scholarships:

  • Four (4) four-year $4,000 scholarships are available each year for seniors within Lake Elsinore Unified School District high schools (Elsinore, Temescal Canyon, Lakeside, Ortega, and Keith McCarthy Academy).
  • One (1) four-year $6,000 scholarship is available for a student attending a Lake Elsinore Unified School District high school and pursuing a collegiate ROTC program.   
    •  According to, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program offered at more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military.

Program Guidelines & Priorities: 

  • Seeking graduating seniors with a record of community service contributions, particularly City-based, and a graduating senior pursuing a collegiate ROTC program.
    • Priority will be given to graduating seniors who have volunteered in City programs or events and/or have participated in the Dream Extreme’s Future Leaders Program.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, currently attending a Lake Elsinore Unified School District high school (as listed above), be a student in "good standing" and plan to attend a four-year college or university, technical school, or community college with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Applicants must submit application and all required materials through the City’s online-only application system. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please review thoroughly your application packet prior to sending.
  • Applications will be awarded in May each year.
  • Scholarship funds will be paid in the fall of each year directly to the college or technical school. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit information as needed, to The Community Foundation at the time an invoice for the year’s tuition and fees are due.

Required Form: GPA Verification Form

  • You will need this form verified and signed by your counselor prior to uploading to the application.  Applications without a signed GPA Form will not be accepted.

NEW DEADLINE: Applications will be due on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (pacific standard time).

Stay tuned as we evaluate applications and announce recipients. Students receiving scholarships will be notified by their school counseling office.

Please submit any questions to: or call 951-674-3124 ext. 266 or ext. 267.