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Minerva Club of Santa Maria

Est. 1894

Minerva Club Scholarship Trust Fund, Inc

Scholarships given by the Minerva Club had their beginnings in 1917 when the entire senior class of Santa Maria High School was entertained at the home of Mrs. Goodwin. A few years later, the Minerva Club began the tradition of inviting all the Honor Students to a luncheon. In 1952, a scholarship fund was begun with the profits of their cookbook, Company's Coming. The first Minerva Club scholarship of $535.00 was presented to Marilyn May.

Over the years, the membership was able to increase the amount and number of scholarships given. The Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1981. By 1983, about $45,000 had been awarded. In 1999, the Club received a bequest of $250,000 from the Maxine and Burns Rick estate for scholarships and shortly after, the Trust Fund was incorporated. The Minerva Club has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships since the 1950s.


Board of Directors:

President: Barbara Johnston

Secretary: Mary Nanning

Treasure: Barbara Steveson

Trustee: Diane Freeman

Trustee: Scottie Ortiz

Scholarship Committee:

2nd Year: Eileen Hervey

            Linda Reed

The 2020-2021 Minerva Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony

was held on May 3, 2021 in the Minerva Parking lot due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students were recognized by their school counselors and awarded

a $1,350 scholarship from the Minerva Scholarship committee.

Congratulations recipients!


Recipients for 2020-2021 are:

Delta High School: Natalie Zacaris

Orcutt Academy: Ashley Mason

Pioneer Valley High School:

Yareli Arreola, Jeda Krisnell S. Dionisio, Joseph Galiciano

Righetti High School:

Claire Alford, Ryanne S. Kim, Melina Urias

Santa Maria High School:

Odalys V. Martinez DeJesus, Andres I. Ramirez-Enriquez, Jennifer Aquino-Ramirez

Saint Joseph High School:

Gabriela Ruiz

Valley Christian High School:

Caedon Nolan Sallee 

Minerva Club

127 W. Boone St.

Santa Maria, CA 93458

P.O. Box 881

Santa Maria, CA 93456-0881

Rental Information

The Clubhouse is available to rent.

CLICK on Rental Information at top of page for details.

Contact Heidi Cole at (805) 878-3812

for reserving and scheduling.