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With senior scholarship nights coming up at Bear River and Nevada Union high schools, Barbara Ross, scholarship coordinator for the district, has very little leisure time on her hands.

For the past six years, Ross has helped graduating seniors find the right scholarships for their college education. She also helps bring new donors into the high school scholarship program.

“I help coordinate and facilitate, letting students know about the scholarships available,” Ross said. “I also try to promote potential scholarship donors.



“I’ve got three new scholarship donors in the last week and a half,” Ross said.

Ross receives correspondences from trade schools, universities and colleges about scholarships, she said. She also attends scholarship workshops every fall pertaining to the University of California and California State University systems. She refers to books on scholarships, as well, and does extensive Web searches to find the appropriate financial aid for her students.




It’s work that takes Ross “all year long,” and as the school year ends, the pace of work reaches a climax.

“At this time of the year, I am inundated with phone calls from parents, donors and schools,” Ross said. “It’s a tremendous amount of coordination between the students, schools and the community.

“Usually I lie down in bed and think, ‘O! I forgot to call this person. I forgot to call that person.’ I call myself and leave messages so I don’t forget things I need to do.”

Scholarship donors have different criteria, Ross said.

“Some scholarships require higher grade point averages, higher SAT and ACT scores,” Ross said. “Others don’t even look at the SAT and ACT scores as they focus more on the student’s financial needs and extra-curricular activities.”

Despite her best efforts, Ross said there are always students she wishes she could find scholarships for.

“I just have to step back a second, take a deep breath and leave it to the Lord,” Ross said about how she manages her work. “I pray that God puts the right person in the right place at the right time for me to accomplish the goals for the day. Then it’s amazing how things come together; I run into the right person at the right time.”

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To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion or call 477-4229.

Scholarship Nights

The senior scholarship night at Nevada Union High School is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Don Baggett Theatre.

The senior honors night at Bear River High School is at 6:30 p.m. today at the Bear River High School multipurpose room.

– Soumitro Sen

Commencement schedule

As the academic year comes to a close, graduation is just round the corner. Here’s when and where high schools are holding their commencement ceremonies.

• Nevada Union High School

Last day of school is Thursday, June 7.

Commencement is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Hooper Stadium.

Number of graduates from Nevada Union High School and Nevada Union Tech High School: 545.

• Bear River High School

Last day of school is Thursday, June 7.

Commencement is at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at J. David Ramsey Stadium.

Number of graduates from Bear River High School and Pioneer High School: 258.

• Park Avenue Alternative Education Site.

Last day of school is Thursday, June 7.

Commencement for Sierra Mountain High School is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley. Number of graduates: approximately 29.

Commencement for Silver Springs High School, Sierra Foothill High School and Earle Jamieson High School is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. at the Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley. Number of graduates: approximately 15.

Commencement for Nevada Union Adult School is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Park Avenue Site in Grass Valley. Number of graduates: approximately 100.

• Bitney Springs Charter High School

Last day of school is Friday, June 8.

Commencement is at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at Bitney Springs Charter High School.

Number of graduates: 18.

• Vantage Point Charter School

Last day of school is Friday, June 8.

Commencement is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Ready Springs School gym.

Number of graduates: 7.

• Forest Charter School

Last day of school was Friday, June 1.

Commencement was at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Hall.

Number of graduates: 54.

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To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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