Foundation awards $35K+ in grants and scholarships

:: Friday, May 31, 2019 :: Posted By Mary Beth Garrison
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the U.S. Borax Visitor Center Foundation awarded 14 grants to local nonprofits and five scholarships to graduating seniors. Richard Cohen, managing director of operations at U.S. Borax, presented the awards during a luncheon.

Cohen acknowledged the good work being done by and through the local organizations. In addition, he applauded the high school senior scholarship recipients—encouraging them in their educational endeavors and reminding them that coming home to U.S. Borax after graduation is a great employment choice.

Awardees were:
  • Boron Alive for the annual Thanksgiving dinner
  • Boron High School to help fund the construction of a girls’ softball scoreboard
  • Boron High School Parent Advisory to support the renovation of the weight room into a fitness center
  • Boron High School Seniors for continuing education scholarships
  • Boron Junior-Senior High School for field trips, book scholarship funds, and a workforce skills coffee cart for students with special needs
  • Boron Little League to help defray costs for players
  • Boron Senior Center to upgrade all of the lighting fixtures to LED bulbs and energy efficient fixtures
  • Boron Wildcat Youth Football and Cheer for safety equipment
  • Community Action Partnership for health outreach and immunizations
  • Reggie’s Kicks for Kids for shoes and athletic equipment
  • West Boron Elementary School P.A.C. for field trip fund
  • Wind in the Willows Pre-School for childcare fund
Every year, the Foundation reviews eligible grant applications from the local California communities of Boron, North Edwards, and Kramer Junction. Founded in 1998, the Foundation is funded through company contributions, employee payroll donations, and the proceeds from gift store sales and visitor center donations.



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