St Francis Scholarship Outreach Fund

Founded in 1999, the St Francis Scholarship fund supports students both financially and through one-on-one mentoring, to achieve their dream of a college education:

  • What courses and tests to take
  • Filling in application forms
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Financial awards
  • Encouragement through difficult times
  • Continued support to find financial aid
  • Being a listening ear, and provision of independent advice

The major, yearly fund-raiser ‘Designs for Dining‘ – see below – takes place usually in late February or early March. Watch our bulletins and enewsletters, or check our calendar for regular updates and news.

Also – sign up for Ralphs community rewards to donate as you grocery shop – with no cost to you!

Find out more – contact Cheryl Gutierrez (310) 791-7038.

Joyful faces when scholarship students visit St. Francis!

St Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund 2022 – Designs for Dining

Despite the continuing impact of the COVID pandemic, the SFOSF continued to provide financial, technical, and scholastic support to needy local students.

An Alternative to Designs for Dining Event—You are Invited
Friday, April 29 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Ready for a fun day at an mostly outdoor event? The St.Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund (SFOSF) has a very fun day planned at Lynn Chichi’s lovely home in San Clemente overlooking the Pacific. Lynn has traveled to us all these years to support the scholarship fund at our Designs for Dining event. So this time we will go to her! We are so appreciative of the support of St. Francis Church over the years for our fundraising event for the St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund.

The event will include a Table Talk show by Chichi, a gourmet box lunch, beverages, and shopping at Lynn’s boutiques (Lynn will donate 20% of all sales to (SFOSF). Net proceeds from the ticket cost will also benefit SFOSF. Most activities will be held outside in Lynn’s garden and patio. Tickets will be $40 for the day’s events.

Lynn has seating for 48 maximum so don’t delay if you are interested in attending.

Our committee has been active this past two years selecting new students each spring. This fall we assisted 8 new freshmen, who are attending California universities and colleges. We can’t do our work without you.

To purchase a ticket, you can either send your check via mail to St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. Please make the check out to St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund and indicate SFOSF on the envelope. Or, you may give your check to Janet Laudeman at church, or deliver your check to the Scholarship Fund box in the church office. If you have any questions, please call Janet at (310) 316-7493.

We thank you in advance.

Thank you to all of the SFOSF members (Cheryl Gutierrez, Robin Pano, Janet Laudeman, Gayle Taylor, and David Gerhardt)… for their continuing efforts in supporting and mentoring these students.

Christopher Emodi
Christopher will be majoring in Biology, at Stanford University. He expressed a desire for a laptop to use during his studies; we provided him with a 13” Apple MacBook Pro, including all of the support equipment required (USB-C adapter, backup hard drive, and protective case) for it’s use. Christopher is pictured with his mother.

Scholarship Recipient Christopher Emodi

Eghosa Isibor
Eghosa is majoring in Civil Engineering, at UC Merced. She expressed a need for a laptop, and selected a Hewlett Packard 15.6” PC; also with all of the necessary accessories (USB-C adapter, backup hard drive, and protective case). Eghosa was also the lucky recipient of the bicycle donated by Francis Yee. Eghosa is pictured (left) with her brother, and parents.

Scholarship Student - Eghosa Isibor

Megan Zamora
Megan is majoring in Computer Science, at CSU Dominguez Hills. She selected a Hewlett Packard 15.6” PC laptop to help her in her studies. Megan also received a range of accessories for her new laptop, so that she could attach other computer peripherals, and back up her machine to minimize the risk of any data loss. She is shown here, receiving the laptop with her mother.

Scholarship Student - Megan Zamora

Shania Miles
Shania is majoring in Psychology, at UC Santa Cruz. In support of her University studies, she chose a 13” Apple MacBook Pro. As with the other students, the SFOSF supplied Shania with a range of accessories for her new MacBook… including a USB-C adapter, backup hard drive, and a protective case. Shania also was the happy recipient of the bicycle donated by Daniel Crane.

scholarship student - Shania Miles

Gretel Castillo
Gretel will be attending Cal State University Dominguez Hills this year. To support her in her studies, Gretel requested a 13” MacBook Pro; and the necessary accessories for peripheral connectivity, laptop backup, and protection of the computer.

Tamilor Odunlami
Unlike most of this year’s students, Tamilor already had a laptop. Therefore, in support of her studies at UC Irvine, the SFOSF provided Tamilor with a $2000 scholarship of financial support.

Designs for Dining

Designs for Dining

Designs for Dining is the annual fundraiser for the St. Francis Scholarship Outreach Fund. Each year – usually in March – parishioners and others design beautiful and fun table arrangements demonstrating creative trends in entertaining. Plus talks from speakers, and a silent auction.

To get involved, or to attend, watch our bulletins and enewsletters, or check our calendar for upcoming dates. Or contact Cheryl Gutierrez (310) 791-7038 directly. There are plenty of fun opportunities to get involved both before and during the show each year!