Daily Bulletin Mission Statement Principal Assistant Principals Teaching Staff Directory Office Staff Directory Bell Schedules Calendars & Important Dates Maps, Parking & Permits Counseling Career Center Independent Study Library PTSA School Accountability Report Cards School Newspaper Campus Photos River City Alumni Page Cafeteria Interquest Detection Canines
Grades Academic Outreach Advanced Placement Air Force Jr ROTC AVID Career Technical Education (CTE) English English Language Learners Math Physical Education Project Lead the Way Science Social Science Special Education Summer School Visual and Performing Arts World Languages
Athletics Cheer Raider Polo and Swimming Raider Tennis Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports Boosters RC Games
Parent Center Calendars & Important Dates Anti-Bullying Page Forms
Staff Resources Computer Lab Signups
ASB ASL Club Band Engineering Film/RCTV Foster Youth Incorporated Graduation GSA Interact Journalism Key Club Leadership Link Crew MECHA Mock Trial Muslim Student Association Peer Mediation RCHS Productions Robotics Sci Hi Service Learning Student Senate Upstream - Bible Club Yearbook
Home Page Logo

Scholarships & Financial Aid

FAFSA - Free Application for Student Aid

The FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans). Also, many colleges, universities, and career schools use your FAFSA information to award state and college aid. The process is free. Never pay to apply for federal financial aid.

What is a Cal Grant?

Cal Grants are funded by the State of California with a small portion of funding from the Federal Government through the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP).

The awards do not have to be paid back. Electronic GPA verification are used to determine Cal Grant eligiblity after the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) has been submitted. 


In order to be considered for a Cal Grant, California public high schools and charter schools are required to submit a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission by October 1 for all graduating seniors, unless the student or parent has opted out. (California Education Code section 69432.9) Students who do not opt out will have their GPA submitted to the Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant award. Students may print an opt out form from the CSAC website. Opt out forms are due to your counselor no later than September 30th of student's senior year.


The California Dream Act

WebGrants for Students (Cal Grant) 

Fill out a FAFSA online

Financial Aid Terms


Assets: Anything that is owned. When determining financial need, assets include: cash, real estate, personal property, investments, savings accounts, etc.

Award Letter (Financial Award Letter): A letter that is sent to the student from the financial aid office outlining the financial aid package offered to the student. The student then needs to sign and return this letter to accept the aid that is offered.

Campus-Based Financial Aid Program: A financial aid program that is sponsored by the federal or state government, but administered locally by the individual schools; typically run by the school’s financial aid office.

Conditional Scholarship: A type of scholarship where specified conditions must be met, and, if they are not, the scholarship is revoked or converted into a loan.

Deferment: A postponement of the payment of the principal and the interest on a loan to a future date. Many of the federal loan programs have some sort of deferment program.

Dependent Student: A classification that says that the student is dependent on his or her parents for financial support.

Disbursement: The paying out of money from a scholarship, grant, or other source.

Dislocated Worker: A state agency must determine that a person has been unemployed for a specific amount of time, notified of termination, or previously self-employed but economic conditions resulted in job loss. If spouses or parents of aid recipients are classified as dislocated workers, the expected amount of family contribution may be less.

Education IRA: An account in which parents can deposit up to $500 a year that is slated specifically for future college expenses.

Eligible Non-Citizen: A government term for people who are not citizens of the United States, but through special circumstances still qualify for federal student assistance programs.

Eligibility: The degree to which a student qualifies for financial aid, usually expressed in a dollar figure; eligibility is based on a number of criteria.

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC): The estimated amount of money a student’s family can contribute to the student’s total cost of college; a standard formula, called the Congressional Methodology, is used to compute the EFC and combines both the parents’ and student’s estimated contributions; the total EFC figure is used in calculating a student’s eligibility for financial aid.

Federal Direct Student Loan (FDSL): A Stafford, PLUS, or consolidated loan that is sponsored by the federal government.

Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP): Federally backed program through which private lenders provide PLUS or consolidated loans to students.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG): Government grants administered through each school’s financial aid office.

Federal Work-Study: Campus-based program through which students are paid a government-subsidized wage to work; work-study jobs are usually related to the student’s field of study and are typically allocated for students who have demonstrated adequate financial need.

Financial Aid Package: The total aid that is given to the student, including public and private funds. This will include all scholarships, grants, loans, and work/study that are included for the student. The financial aid package is shown in detail in the award letter.

Financial Need: Used to describe a family’s financial situation relative to anticipated college costs; typically, a low-income family will have a high degree of financial need and, therefore, qualify for any number of need-based aid programs.

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Federal form widely used to apply for federal aid.

Free Money: Financial aid that accrues no interest and does not need to be paid back.

Grace Period: A period of time after college graduation–typically six to twelve months–in which a student does not have to begin repaying a loan.

Grant: Financial gift that does not need to be paid back; most grant awards are based on the financial need of the student.

Guaranteed Tuition Plan: Guarantees a single, agreed-upon student tuition rate from enrollment to graduation; often used as an incentive for enrollment.

Half-Time: A student must be attending school at least half-time in order to qualify for many types of federal aid. The criteria for half-time varies from college to college. General guidelines are as follows:

  • For schools using semester, trimester, or quarter systems, a minimum of six semester or quarter house per term.
  • For schools not using academic terms to measure progress, at least twelve semester hours or eighteen quarter hours are required.
  • For schools using clock hours to measure progress, a minimum of twelve clock hours per week.

Hope Scholarship: This is not an actual scholarship granted by an organization but rather a tax credit plan that began in 1998 in which parents get a deduction for college expenses they can’t otherwise cover.

Independent Student: A student who is financially independent. In order to be classified as independent, a student must meet certain federal criteria.

Interest: Charge for borrowed money; generally a percentage of the amount borrowed (see Principal).

Lifetime Learning Credit: A tax credit plan in which taxpayers can get a credit of up to $10,000

Loan: Money that is borrowed from the government, a bank, credit union, or other lender that must be paid back; usually accompanied by interest charges.

Parental Contribution: The expected amount contributed by your parents toward your college expenses.

Parental Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): Loans given by the same financial institutions that give Stafford Loans.

Pell Grant: Need-based type of federal financial aid that does not need to be paid back; only available to undergraduate students.

Pell Grant Index (PGI) Number: An index number appearing on your Student Aid Report (SAR) that determines the amount of Pell Grant money to be included in your financial aid package: the number is the result of a series of calculations based on your SAR.

Perkins Loan: A low-interest, need-based loan given by schools; payback begins nine months after a student leaves school.

Principal: In terms of loans, this represents the amount of money borrowed, not including any interest charges.

Promissory Note: A legal note that a student must sign when awarded a loan; stipulates conditions and repayment terms.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC): A program offered by the Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy that provides scholarships and on-campus officer training.

Satisfactory Academic Progress: A certain level of academic achievement, usually measured by grade point average, that must be achieved and maintained by the student while earning a degree. The grade point average standard is different for each school, so you must check each school to find their standard for academic progress.

Scholarship: A financial gift that does not need to be paid back; scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria, including academic excellence, demonstrated talent, race, religion, group affiliations, state of residence, etc.; scholarships can also be awarded on the basis of need.

Specialized Aid: Aid programs based on a wide range of criteria intended to encourage targeted populations of people to pursue higher education.

Stafford Loan: A loan given by banks, credit unions, loan associations, and schools; also known as the Guaranteed Student Loan, or GSL.

Statement of Education Purpose: This is sent with the Student Aid Report (SAR) and you must sign it to assure the government that the money awarded will go exclusively to education-related expenses. The school you attend or apply to may have a similar report that you must sign.

Student Aid Report (SAR): Report sent to students who have applied for federal financial aid; contains information used by financial aid officers to help them evaluate students eligibility for government aid.

Subsidized Loan: A loan that does not accrue interest until the recipient leaves school.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG): A campus-based grant program that usually is a supplement to Pell Grants.

Tax Relief Act of 1997: Recent tax law changes benefiting students and their parents who are paying for college.

Total Cost of Attendance: An estimated total of all college costs used in determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid; total costs include such expenses as tuition, books and supplies, housing, meals, personal expenses, transportation/travel, and miscellaneous expenses.

U.S. Armed forces Reserve Officer Training Corps Program (ROTC): Administered by the military’s college-based officer training program; participants can receive full college tuition plus a monthly stipend, typically in return for a time commitment of active and reserve duty in the Armed Forces.

Unsubsidized Loan: A loan that accrues interest while a student is still in school.

Waiver: An arrangement by the school that allows non-residents (out-of-state students and foreign students) to attend that school at the resident tuition rate. 



Please continue to encourage all of your senior students to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act ! There is quite a bit of misinformation surrounding which students can benefit from financial aid.

• Although there are income ceilings to receive the Cal-Grant and/or Pell-Grant, that does not mean that students with higher family incomes should not fill out an application. The FASFA and CA Dream Act Application are used by institutions to offer institutional scholarships, and federal student loans for FASFA applicants. Also, if there is an unexpected circumstance in which a families' ability to pay is diminished, then the student can petition their college's Financial Aid Office for a "Professional Judgement," so that they may be able to receive aid; but they will need to have an application on file in order to do so.


• Financial aid is also available to students who are pursuing vocational work. The Cal-Grant C could provide "up to $1,094 for books, tools and equipment—and up to $2,462 more for tuition and fees if you’ll be attending a school other than a California Community College," for up to two years.

Click Here for Scholarships for Undocumented Students

River City High School Information Form

SENIORS! It is very important that you make an appointment with your counselor first and then Ms. Grisaffi to discuss further Scholarship opportunities. Don't forget to turn in your RCHS Information Form to Ms. Grisaffi in the Counseling Department by March 15th. Read the scholarship opportunities below and in the sidebars. The application deadlines may differ from one scholarship to another. This responsibility is on you....Good Luck.


The RCHS Information Form for Local scholarships are available in the counseling office in the rack across from Ms. Grisaffi's door. These are not Applications!

Check back often and listen to daily announcements for current and upcoming scholarship opportunities!


Local Scholarships and Area Scholarships

Yolo County 4-H (2)Scholarships information:


Ruth Jackson Memorial Citizenship Award, DUE, April 15 by 5pm to the 4-H Office.   This award is to be presented to a 4-H member that has exemplified outstanding character by his/her dedication to 4-H, as well as school and other extra-curricular actives such as: church, scouts, sports, job, volunteer organizations, etc.  The recipient of this award must continue in 4-H the following year after receiving this award.  This may be as a member or leader.  Community Leaders from all Yolo County 4-H Clubs should nominate 4-H members from their clubs who they feel qualify for this award.  There is no age requirement, just dedication to helping others.  Each nomination should be accompanied with a brief biography of the candidate's accomplishments in 4-H and other activities.  The Award Committee will then select the top three to five finalists and conduct interviews to determine the recipient. Please visit the website below for application and specific details.

If you have any questions please call Jim Yeager at 530-756-2423 or jysheep@aol.com


Adreon Johnston Memorial Scholarship, DUE April 15. Graduating High School Seniors in Yolo County participating in 4-H can now apply for the Adreon Johnston Memorial Scholarship.  The AJMS Committee is accepting applications for the $500.00 scholarship.  All interested seniors are encouraged to apply. This award is given annually to 4-H members that have been active in any 4-H projects or programs, demonstrated leadership, provided support and have contributed back to their club and community. Please visit the website below for application and specific details.

If you have any questions please call Jim Yeager at 530-756-2423 or jysheep@aol.com


MaryAnn Wegener Memorial 4-H Scholarship, DUE April 15...... In 2001, members of the 4-H community, family, and friends contributed money towards a 4-H scholarship program in memory of my wife MaryAnn.  MaryAnn was very active as an adult volunteer in 4-H in roles ranging from club to County All Star Advisor.  She loved watching 4-H members grow and mature, and would have appreciated this scholarship program to assist 4-H'ers pursue their life dreams.  The applications will be due in April.  There is one new scholarship each year, which can be renewed if normal progress is being made towards graduation, and funds are available.  The intent is to give priority to those 4-H'ers that need financial assistance in order to meet their vocational, two, or four year college goals.  Please visit the website below for application and specific details.

If you have any questions please call Jim Yeager at 530-756-2423 or jysheep@aol.com


Yolo County Cattlemen Wool Growers Association
Livestock Scholarship
DUE April 15

The Yolo County Cattlemen Wool Growers Association is soliciting nominations for a $500.00 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senor, who has been involved in a livestock project in a Yolo County FFA chapter or 4-H Program.  The scholarship will be presented at the awards ceremony either at the Yolo County Fair or Spring Show, depending on which organization has the winning recipient.  Please visit the website below for application and specific details.

If you have any questions please call Jim Yeager at 530-756-2423 or jysheep@aol.com







This scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.00 and will be awarded to a graduating senior selected from a public High School in Yolo County.  In order to be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, interested in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement or Public Safety, and have a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher.  Students must also have demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities, involvement in the community, plan on attending an accredited college or university, and demonstrate financial need. The application must be received by June 30, 2018 to YCPA. 

For more information and to obtain an application packet, please contact: Polly Cornwell, YCPA Vice President, via email at rijirli_28@hotmail.com   or see Ms. Grisaffi in the RCHS Counsleing Department for a hard copy of the application and more information.

When requesting information via email from Polly Cornwell, please put the following information in the subject line: YCPA Memorial Scholarship.



Caltrans District 3 2018 Scholarship

It’s open to any student within the 11 counties of District 3 (Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba) interested in pursuing a career in transportation. Feel free to contact Mr. Nelson with any questions. The deadline to apply needs to be postmarked by Friday, April 27. The application can be picked up in the RCHS Counseling Department from Ms. Grisaffi


Steve Nelson

Acting Chief, Caltrans District 3 Public Information Office and Graphic Services

Office: (530) 741-4566




17th Annual Black History and Multicultural Heritage Celebration Essay Contest

The 17th Annual Black History and Multicultural Heritage Celebration, Friends of the Yolo County Archives, and Davis Odd Fellows Helping Hands, Inc. are sponsoring an essay contest for high school seniors.  The topic for 2018 is “Black History”.  

Prizes ranging from $100 to $500 will be awarded to the best essays.

The Black History and Multicultural Heritage Celebration is an annual, free event that offers speakers, cultural entertainment, exhibits and lunch.  It is held at the Guinda Grange Hall on the second Saturday of February.  The 2018 event will be held on February 10, 2018.  Winning essays will receive these prizes:First prize: $500, Second prize: $250,   Third, Fourth and Fifth prize:  $100 each



  1. Participants must be high school seniors.
  2. All essays must be postmarked no later than January 2, 2018. 
  3. Email essays to:  yoloblackhistory@gmail.com
  4. Essay length should be no longer than 3 pages.
  5. Source materials for local stories are available through the Yolo County Archives at yolocountyhistory.com . 
  6. All quotes and copied excerpts must be credited to their source.
  7. Participants must provide their names, address, email address, telephone number, school, and name of their teacher (History or English).
  8. Winners are expected to attend the event.

For more information, contact yoloblackhistory@gmail.com




Sigma Omega Nu, Latina Interest Sorority Inc. at the University of California, Davis campus 


The annual scholarship has opened up for high school graduating Latinas who will be going on to a 4-year university. The application is due May 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm.  Please email: davissunnies10@gmail.com for application, all information and details. The person to contact is Daniela Pantoja.




2018 KPAAPA Scholarship deadline is Wednesday, April 18

The Kaiser Permanente African American Professional Association (KPAAPA) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from high school students who are scheduled to graduate in spring 2018. Scholarships are also available for nursing students and medical students attending schools in Northern California. KPAAPA provides scholarships to students who demonstrate academic achievement, commitment to community service, and leadership potential.

In the last five years alone, KPAAPA has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships. In 2018, KPAAPA has eight scholarships available.

Applications are being accepted online at

Online applications must be submitted by April 18, 2018. Winners will be notified in June 2018.

Scholarship funds will be distributed in August 2018. The funds will be made payable to the college, university, trade, or technical school the winners will attend in the fall.

Have questions?
If you have questions about the scholarship application see the FAQs, visit http://www.applyists.com/contact-us/contact-us-customer-care/, or email Misty Spencer.

The following Kaiser Permanente business resource groups also offer scholarships:

· KP Pride – contact Jay Bachicha at Joseph.A.Bachicha@kp.org  

· Kaiser Permanente Latino Association – contact Eva Ramirez at Eva.E.Ramirez@kp.org 

· Kaiser Permanente Asian Association – Contact Karen Tsang at Karen.Tsang@kp.org




 Post # 8762 Auxiliary High School Scholarship

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?

  • Must be continuing education.
  • Hold at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be related to a Veteran that has served in combat overseas.
  • Must show a copy of veterans DD-214.
  • Divulge what the funds will be used for.
  • What are plans for higher learning?
  • Either  type a 2 page essay double  spaced


  • draw/paint a picture connected to the following topic: What patriotism means to me.... -Art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24,” not including the mat.
  • Art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used.
  • Submit canvas entries on stretcher frames or canvas board; other entries must be matted on white.                                          Submit entries to: Ms. Grisaffi by the Deadline: March 16, 2018



Mary Virginia Wells SCHOLARSHIP


An annual scholarship established in 1994 in memory of Mary Virginia Wells, an outstanding and beloved retired English teacher at James Marshall High School.


Selection made by English Department Representative

Graduating senior who exhibits and interest in creative writing

GPA, class rank, etc., is not to be a consideration

Recommendation from English Teacher

Fill out RCHS Information Form DUE ON OR BY MARCH 15TH to Ms. Grisaffi




Scholastic - Jake Misfeldt Scholarship $1000.00

Vocational - Kiwanis Vocational Scholarship $500.00

Rudy Jakosa Memorial Scholarship $500.00

Three (3) scholarships to be awarded with the amount to be determined by the Kiwanis Club Budget Committee.


Fill out RCHS Information Form DUE ON OR BY MARCH 15TH to Ms. Grisaffi

Selection is made by Kiwanis Organization

One scholarship (Jake Misfeldt Scholarship) to be awarded to a student from the upper 25% (B average) scholastically of the senior class who is an active member of RCHS Key Club. (In the event there is not an active Key Club, selection will be based on community service activities in addition to scholastics.)

One scholarship (Kiwanis Vocational Scholarship) to be awarded to a student showing exceptional ability in a vocational or trade field rather than scholastic grade point aver-age.

One scholarship (Rudy Jakosa Memorial Scholarship) to be awarded to a student from the upper 25% (B average) scholastically of the senior class who intends to pursue a career in the field of teaching at a 2 or 4 year college.

Financial need can be considered but should not be a major factor as the scholarship is intended to recognize the student for his/her scholastic ability, trade excellence or commitment to the field of teaching..

Preliminary selection will be made by the RCHS Scholarship Committee. (Select 3 to 5 candidates for each scholarship.)

The funds may be used for tuition, fees, and books and the full amount will become available upon presentation of proof of enrollment in the school or college of choice to a Kiwanis Club of West Sacramento representative.  

Bookkeeper writes requisition and submits to the district office along with copy of proof of classes and copy of the recipient letter

Student picks up check from district .




An annual scholarship established in 1996 to recognize a deserving graduating senior.

4@ $500.00   2 scholastic/ 2 athletic


GPA 2.5 (may go to a student who would not otherwise be considered for a scholarship but has demonstrated desire to succeed)

Must be planning to attend college following graduation from RCHS

No other scholarships

Fill out RCHS Information Form DUE ON OR BY MARCH 15TH to Ms. Grisaffi

Selection will be made by Glass West Organization

Funds will become available (1/2 each semester) upon presentation of proof of registration at a college or university of choice to Mr. Dave Blake, Glass West.

Funds must be used by the recipient within one year from the date upon which the student may have entered college.




An annual scholarship established in memory of educator Grace Ohlson.


Graduating senior who exhibits an interest in creative writing

GPA, class rank, etc., is not a consideration

Fill out RCHS Information Form DUE ON OR BY MARCH 15TH to Ms. Grisaffi

Selection made by English Department

Funds will be on deposit with RCHS Accounting office.  


Steve Marschke Journalism Scholarship

Established in 2016 fro RCHS graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in the field of journalism. Steve Marschke was the longtime owner, publisher and editor of the West Sacramento News-Ledger. He passed away in 2015. He was a dedicated to honesty, firmness and integrity in journalism and very interested in passing along his love for his profession to the next generation.


GPA, class rank, etc., is not a consideration

Fill out RCHS Information Form DUE ON OR BY MARCH 15TH to Ms. Grisaffi

Selection made by English Department

Funds will be on deposit with RCHS Accounting office.




Established in 1989 by Dr. John Edwards to honor John Cavaglieri, an outstanding teacher and coach for many years in the Washington Unified School District. He coached many championship football teams at Washington High School and River City High School prior to his retirement.


Varsity athlete in good standing

2.50 G.P.A. minimum

Identified financial need

Planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university

Fill out RCHS Information Form DUE ON OR BY MARCH 15TH to Ms. Grisaffi

Funds will become available (1/2 each semester) upon presentation of proof of registration as a full time student at a college or university of choice.

Selection will be made by the RCHS P.E. Department.



several scholarships @ $500.00


Must be planning college or vocational training

Preference will be given to students whose parent or guardian is a member of C.S.E.A.

SEPARATE APPLICATION - - See Ms. Grisaffi for an application if you are interested. Applications are due March 23 by noon to Ms. Grisaffi.

Selection will be made by the C.S.E.A. Scholarship Committee.

The funds will be available to the recipient (one-half each semester) upon presentation of proof of registration at college or vocational school of choice. Proof of registration is to be presented to RCHS Bookkeeper. Student needs to pick up funds within the year after graduating RCHS.


WTA Scholarship

several scholarships = $$ Varies


Must be planning college or continuing education

Preference will be given to students whose parents or guardian is a member of  Washington Teachers Association

SEPARATE APPLICATION - - See Ms. Grisaffi for an application if you are interested.  Applications are due March 23 by noon to Ms. Grisaffi.

The funds will be made available by the WTA Scholarship Committee.

Selection will be made by the WTA Scholarship Committee.

The funds will be available to the recipient upon presentation of proof of registration at college or vocational school of choice. Proof of registration is to be presented to RCHS WTA President.



River City Athletic Boosters Club Scholarships

An annual scholarship, established in 1989, to recognize the athletic and scholastic achievements of eligible Senior athletes and provide funds to help them continue their education.


Student’s Eligibility Criteria includes:

Maintain scholastic standing of at least a 2.0 grade point average for each academic year of eligibility

Must have earned at least two varsity athletic letters (not exclusive to RCHS)

Has demonstrated school and community leadership

Plans to attend college following graduation from RCHS

Recipients must not be receiving an athletic scholarship from any college or university

Eligibility factor includes - Student’s parent or legal guardian must be a RCHS Athletic Boosters Club member in good standing and Parent/legal guardian must volunteer at least twenty (20) hours at Booster-sponsored events, per year

For additional information regarding Booster scholarships, please contact the Boosters’ Executive Board at Boosters@rcsports.org .  Awarded funds must be used within two (2) years of the student's graduation date and will be available to the recipient once college registration/completion documents are submitted to the Boosters’ Executive Board.  Approved documentation must be presented to the RCHS Athletic Boosters Treasurer and/or Secretary.  



West Sacramento Trail Riders Association Scholarship- Separate Application

Three $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who has plans to further their education in the agricultural business, veterinarian, equine science or related field. Scholarship application is Due Monday April 2nd via email. If you are interested see me Ms. Grisaffi ASAP for application and important details.




3@ $3200.00 Scholastic *Variable

2 @ $1600.00 Vocational *Variable

Get  separate Application From Ms. Grisaffi if you are interested by January 12th


Scholastic standing in Top 5 (scholastic), Upper 1/3 Vocational

Good Character

Leadership qualities

Ability to get along with others

Willingness to work

Residence in the territorial limit of the WS Rotary Club

Interest in extracurricular activities

Desire to contribute to society through education

Not necessarily have to be at the top of the class but can be presented to student deserving recognition for other student activities, including sports

Preliminary selection is made by RCHS scholarship committee

(6 candidates for scholastic)

(6 for vocational)

Final selection will be made by the Rotary Club of WS scholarship committee who will interview the final candidates.

Funds will become available (1/2 each semester) upon presentation of proof of enrollment in a school or college of choice to Rotary Club of WS representative 



 Virginia D. (Long) Ortiz Scholarship - Separate Application

Established in 2012, the Virginia D. Ortiz Scholarship commemorates a life-long advocate of high family values, the importance of education, good work ethics, and community involvement. This scholarship will be presented to a student who best exemplifies the legacy that Virginia Ortiz left behind.

Her entire life was one of service. While raising her family, she was actively involved in the local school PTA and later worked for many years in the Washington Unified School District. Following her retirement, she volunteered in various community, church and senior citizen programs. These and so much more are what made Virginia Ortiz a respected individual in the community.

It is hoped that the student who is presented with this scholarship values the importance of family, will maintain a high work ethic, will understand the importance of a good education and will strive to become involved in the community in which he or she lives.


  • Applicant must be a full-time senior at River City High School who plans to attend a four- year college or university, community college, or an accredited vocational! technical school
  • Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Applicant must be a resident of West Sacramento
  • Applicant must have been involved in community activities in the city of West Sacramento or Yolo County

Please submit the following for consideration of this scholarship award:

  • Copy of transcripts 
  • A Brief (250-500 words) typed narrative about you. Include your achievements and activities in and out of school (family life, talents, accomplishments, what makes you proud of who you are and how you have given back to your community
  • Your short and long range goals including your intended course of study and school(s) you plan to attend 
  • Other documentation you deem relevant to your application for this scholarship

Note: Applicant will be disqualified if any information is falsified.

Selection is made by Virginia Ortiz Organization. If you are interested see me Ms. Grisaffi. Scholarship application is Due March 23 by noon to Ms. Grisaffi.



Eleanor A. Rivera Scholarship

1 @ $500.00 Scholarship

 “In life we are prone to lose our possessions, but an education can never be taken away”



Graduating River City High School senior with plans of extending his or her education past high school.



  1. Short essay discussing how your community has shaped your goals and aspirations.
  2.  A character reference letter from a teacher, coach, counselor, teammate, etc.


Please send an email with the letter and your short essay attached as two separate PDFs or Word Documents. In the email subject area please write the following information " Your Name - RCHS Scholarship Submission "

Send your email to earsrc@gmail.com   (Eleanor A Rivera Scholarship River City) ....Due April 2nd



Joe Foundation Scholarship Application

This scholarship is in memory of Officer Joe Chairez. He attended school in the WUSD and graduated River City High School. As a Sacramento City College Police Academy graduate, he fulfilled his life long dream of becoming a police officer. He died of an aneurysm while on duty. Joe's legacy continues through the Joe 238 Foundation, as well as this scholarship.

You can fill out the scholarship application by stopping by Ms. Grisaffi's office or by going to the website below.




Deputy Tony Diaz

Memorial Scholarship Award

Go to www.tonydiazmemorialrun.com and complete the online application.

All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, interested in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement or Public Safety, and have a GPA 3.0 or higher. Applicants must also have demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities, involvement in the community, plan on attending or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, and financial need. 




When applying to the  Elks Scholarship please go to their website and get the application and directions.




  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.


Cabillo Civi Club #26 Scholarship

College bound students of Portuguese descent which have maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher. Application must be postmarked by March 15th, 2018. Separate Applications located with Ms. Grisaffi in the Counseling Department.

R & R Scholarship

1-2 page essay related to US History from 1860-1865...MLA Format. Make sure your name and contact information is on your essay. Attach your transcript to the essay.

The essay will be reviewed and picked by our scholarship donor. The essay needs to be turned in to Ms. Grisaffi, in the counseling department by March 23 no later than noon. If you have questions please see Ms. Grisaffi ASAP.

$500.00 Scholarship!



Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio Essay contest

Students can win scholarships from $500 to $30,000 by entering the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio Essay contest. This year's theme is "My Vision for America" Applications are available from Ms. Grisaffi in the RCHS Counseling Department. All Applications need to be submitted by October 31st by noon to Ms. Grisaffi.

The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. The 3-5 minute essay must be vocally recorded on audio CD or flash drive. More information can be found on the attached entry form or the VFW website.