Carl Graves' Scholarship Program

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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 four-year scholarship opportunity for needy and deserving graduates of Lake Elsinore Unified School District high schools (Elsinore, Temescal, Lakeside and Ortega). Carl Graves was a United States Army World War II Veteran, a highly educated mathematics teacher and a steward to the community. This is indeed a remarkable gift to the Lake Elsinore community. The City Council is honored to have this opportunity to implement Mr. Graves’ wishes and administer his legacy to support local students’ dreams.

An inaugural scholarship fund offers three four-year scholarships of approximately $4,000 and one four-year scholarship of $6,000 for a college ROTC candidate to be awarded in the spring and disbursed in the fall of each year. The City of Lake Elsinore LEUSD/City Subcommittee Members appointed by the Mayor judge the applications and recommend awardees. Each Carl Graves’ Scholar will each have a local mentor who will aid and assist the student throughout their education.

Available Scholarships:

Four (4) four-year $4,000 scholarships are available each year for students attending Lake Elsinore Unified School District high schools (Elsinore, Temescal, Lakeside, and Ortega).

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.   

Program Guidelines & Priorities: 

  • Seeking graduating seniors with a record of community service contributions of time, talent or treasure and a graduating senior pursuing a collegiate ROTC program.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, currently attend a Lake Elsinore Unified School District High School and plan to attend a four-year college or technical school.
  • 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 to the Foundation at that time an invoice for the year’s tuition and fees, student ID number and college information.

Thank you to all who applied, the Application is now closed. Stay tuned as we evaluate applications and announce recipients. 

Scholarships will be awarded in May of each year. Please submit any questions to: scholarship@lake-elsinore.org.

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