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Ghidotti Foundation aids many high school seniors

Carol Feineman
Submitted photoThe Ghidottis and brother John (right) in the 1960s.
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Reading scholarship applications from 150 of the top Nevada County high school seniors isn’t easy.

Time-consuming would be a better description.

It takes Frank Francis, of the Ghidotti Foundation, about 10 days to read the applications.

But the time spent deciding which seniors will be awarded about $3,500 for every year of college they attend is rewarding, Francis said.

“They’re at the top academically,” Francis said. “You think the schools are wonderful because the kids are wonderful.”

Decisions are hard to make, Francis noted, because at least two-thirds of the applicants easily meet the foundation’s guidelines.

“We look at the family income, we look at their grades, we look at their community involvement and school involvement, we look at athletic involvement, we look at whether they’re working themselves,” Francis said.

“Then we look at the overall quality of their application. You have to read every word, you can’t shortcut or skip because it’s important to the student.”

Students often send thank-you notes to the Ghidotti Foundation.

“Even if we didn’t hear from the students, it would be worth it. I can’t think of any way the Ghidottis could have done better with their money,” Francis said.

Lena Weeks, the youngest of five Ghidotti siblings, is proud of her brother and sister-in-law.

“I think their foundation is wonderful. It has helped so many youngsters who couldn’t make college without the foundation,” Weeks said. “I’ve met quite a few recipients and they’re quite thankful.”

Weeks, 91, and the only surviving sibling, lives at the Bret Harte.

“There’s a gentleman here that said, ‘oh, I knew Bill Ghidotti, I bought his house on Lloyd Street.’ He’s pretty well-known. He and my sister-in-law helped lots of people.”

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