Application Period

The 2018 DVL Scholarship Application Submission Period will open January 5th and closes March 23th!

Scholarship Applications

2017 Scholarship Program

Welcome to Year Four of the Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (“DVL”) Legacy Scholarships Program. We are delighted to once again, present awards to outstanding students who are residents of the High Desert. The DVL Scholarship Project has awarded over ten thousand dollars in scholarships since 2014!

Thanks to the generosity of our Donors, the scholarships have grown in number from the original three to five scholarship categories of five hundred dollars each awarded directly to the student to use as she or he may need to begin or to continue a college education.

The DVL Legacy Scholarships are Namesakes and are awarded in memory of four individuals and past and present DVL Honorees who made major contributions to the High Desert Region during their lifetimes.  They are

  • Dr. Gerard Brown (1921-1998), Pioneer oral surgeon & community leader
  • Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin (1934-2009), Faith based community leader & elected official
  • Ms. Leona Griner (1932-2012), Artist & naturalist
  • Ms. Anna Sugi (1960-2010), Founder of Today’s Woman Foundation & business woman
  • DVL Honorees Award–Multiple previous  DVL Awardees for outstanding contributions in entrepreneurialism, visual or performing arts, education, law, military service, community activism.

Updates and changes have ben made to the DVL Scholarship process, please read the following documents

Our Scholarships

The DVL Legacy Scholarship Project recognizes students who best meet the standards of academic achievement and community involvement. 

Dr. Gerard Brown Medicine & Allied Health
Ms. Leona Griner Community Arts & Culture
Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Community Education for Unity & Diversity
Anna Sugi Business & Women’s Whole Health Advocate
DVL Honorees Award Scholarship funded by DVL Honorees
Weatherspoon Family Encouragement Award

History of the Project

The scholarship project is an outgrowth of the parent project, Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders, (an Affiliate Fund of the High Desert Community Foundation) which each year recognizes those who have contributed in some way to the livability of this region. In 2014, its sixth year of honoring local adult and young citizens whose contributions have enriched this region, Founder and Executive Director Regina Bell chose to expand the success of the DVL project by adding a scholarship component.

Our Recipients

The DVL Scholarship Project awarded over three thousand dollars in scholarships in its first year, and it accepts applications and awards the scholarships regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability or social or economic class or religious affiliation. 

The DVL Project was delighted to learn that the students selected for the DVL Legacy Scholarships were recipients also of several other highly selective scholarships for their achievements in high school and their contributions to their communities. 

2017 DVL Scholarship Recipients

  • Jacob Collin Ray

    Jacob Collin Ray

    DVL Honoree Scholarship
  • Jessica Siyuan Poon

    Jessica Siyuan Poon

    Ms. Anna Sugi Scholarship
  • Jenifer Hunsucker

    Jenifer Hunsucker

    Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
  • Geng-Wei Lee

    Geng-Wei Lee

    Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
  • Ke'airah Benson

    Ke'airah Benson

    DVL Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship

2016 DVL Scholarship Recipients

  • Adam Stevenson

    Adam Stevenson

    Weatherspoon Family Encouragement Award
  • Alexandra Gessesse

    Alexandra Gessesse

    DVL Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
  • Ciara Wheeler

    Ciara Wheeler

    DVL Honorees Scholarship
  • Megan Ehlers

    Megan Ehlers

    DVL Anna Sugi Scholarship
  • Tolulope Ogunrinde

    Tolulope Ogunrinde

    DVL Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
  • Caylin Yorba-Ruiz

    Caylin Yorba-Ruiz

    DVL Honorees Scholarship
  • Khalil Hoskins

    Khalil Hoskins

    Ms. Leona Griner Scholarship

2015 DVL Scholarship Recipients

  • Caylin Yorba -Ruiz

    Caylin Yorba -Ruiz

    Leona Griner Scholarship
  • Josseline Herrera

    Josseline Herrera

    Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
  • Neena Mohan

    Neena Mohan

    Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
  • Chandler Brown

    Chandler Brown

    DVL Honorees Scholarship
  • Julie Vu

    Julie Vu

    DVL Honorees Scholarship
  • Katie Diemling

    Katie Diemling

    Anna Sugi Scholarship
  • Krystsina Shabanava

    Krystsina Shabanava

    Anna Sugi Scholarship Recipient unable to attend DVL photo session

2014 DVL Scholarship Recipients

  • Najah Williams

    Najah Williams

    Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
  • Emily Thielen

    Emily Thielen

    Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
  • Anjelina Lopez-Rosende

    Anjelina Lopez-Rosende

    Leona Griner Scholarship
  • Annie Tsai

    Annie Tsai

    Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
  • Zackery Maroste

    Zackery Maroste

    Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
  • Cinthia Gazca

    Cinthia Gazca

    Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship