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Vernon CommUNITY Fund (“VCF”) Scholarship Program

Thank you for your interest in the Vernon CommUNITY Fund (“VCF”) Scholarship Program! The Vernon CommUNITY Fund and Vernon City Council is dedicated to enriching the local community, and promoting higher education is aligned with our overall mission to contribute to the betterment of the Southeast Los Angeles County region. Vernon leaders are excited to offer the VCF Scholarship to students who are committed to investing in their education for a brighter future.

The City Council of the City of Vernon created the Vernon CommUNITY Fund (“VCF”) to provide grants to charitable and governmental entities for projects and programs that benefit those residing and working in Vernon and its surrounding areas. Sections of the Vernon Municipal Code were adopted by the City Council to establish the Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee (“Grant Committee”) and provide the basic guidelines and operational procedures for said Committee and its officers, including those related to the allocation of funds and the processes for reviewing and ranking applications and awarding grants. Since its inception in 2014, the VCF Grant Committee has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to non-profit organizations in the Vernon Area.

Over the years, the Grant Committee has sought to expand the work of the Vernon CommUNITY Fund in meaningful ways. The VCF Scholarship Program began as a concept, but quickly gained traction amongst Vernon leaders. The program was deemed to be a great opportunity for the VCF to establish a personal, viable connection with youth in the Vernon Area while supporting their pursuits of higher education and, in turn, elevating the region as a whole by ensuring that the career goals of students in our community are more attainable.

On October 16, 2018, the Vernon City Council authorized the Grant Committee to proceed with the implementation of the VCF Scholarship Program. The implementation of this program is the result of much thought, planning, and care. It has been designed with a true philanthropic mindset. It is the hope of the Vernon CommUNITY Fund and Vernon City Council that the VCF Scholarship Program will be a vehicle that offers many motivated, exceptional young people a path to accomplish their academic and career goals.

More details regarding the Vernon CommUNITY Fund Scholarship program may be found here.