In Brief

By VCR Staff 02/11/2010

Dedicated high school seniors ready for scholarship season
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is gearing up for the 11th annual Scholars Program, where $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and strong character throughout their high school years. The three top scholarships range from $5,000 to $10,000 each; also, each of the top three students will choose a teacher to receive $500 for use in the classrooms. Other scholarship award amounts vary from $250 to $5,000.

Students chosen as Presidential Library Scholars will be invited, with their families, to a dinner at the Reagan Library on May 19, 2010, when the $50,000 worth of scholarship funds will be awarded. 

Applications must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2010. Students can pick up applications at any of the schools in the Ventura County Unified School District or can download them from the Reagan Library’s Web site at   

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. For more information, go to

Channel Islands Restoration act receives $25K grant
Channel Islands Restoration, a local conservation organization, received a $25,000 grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation for a project to help fund the restoration of Anacapa Island. The organization will work with low-income Ventura County school children, providing nearly 300 children with all-expenses-paid field trips to Anacapa, which is part of Channel Islands National Park, and will help with efforts to restore the unique ecology of the island.

The inaugural field trip to Anacapa Island and event kick-off will be held on Thursday Feb. 11. The grant will pay for a total of eight school trips for approximately 210 students from César Chávez Elementary School in Oxnard and about 70 students from Sheridan Way Elementary School in Ventura.

Channel Islands Restoration also provides ongoing opportunities for the general public to participate in restoring Anacapa Island. It organizes free trips to the island twice a month, where participants learn about the island and the national park and help restore habitat. To learn more about this program, go to

Take part in redrawing district lines
California’s voter-created Citizen Redistricting Committee is seeking registered voters who want to take part in drawing the lines of the state’s legislative districts. The independent committee will be in charge of drawing the lines for state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization.

Interested individuals must submit their applications by Feb. 12, at

Here are the qualifications for being a member of the Commission:

Qualified individuals must be registered to vote in California and must have voted in two of the last three statewide general elections. If you are unsure about your qualifications, contact the county election office.

Volunteers seek donations for Haiti crisis
A group of 10 local doctors, nurses and relief workers heading to Haiti next week are seeking donations to help earthquake victims. Medical supplies, such as antibiotic ointments, Tylenol, ibuprofen, upper limb slings, ace bandages, canes and crutch tips can be sent to or dropped off at 35 W. Main St., Suite B243, in Ventura. Protein bars, flashlights and hand sanitizer are also needed.

To donate directly to the organization, go to



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