Minerva Club


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.

In 2013, 11 students were selected to receive a scholarship of $1500 each.  The recipients were:

From Delta High School: Vanessa Mendieta

From Ernest Righetti High School: Mackenzie Greely, Felicitas Rioz, Ryland Towne, 

From Orcutt Academy: Sharon Kealm 

From Pioneer Valley High School:  Crystal Avila

From Santa Maria High School:  Mario Colin-Garcia, Nelson Mernadez-Quintero, Justina Sotelo

From Saint Joseph High School: Caty Drewwniak

From Valley Christian Academy:  Jeddediah Helund



Recipients from May 2011: from left to right, Natalie Baldwin, Cheyenne Hayes, Michael Taylor, Riley Ellis.Vivian-Leigh Morales, Cindy Ortiz-Anaya, Alexa Estacio, Maureen Dechico, Irma Velasco, Vicent King, Lauren Barnum and Matthew Mau.

Minerva Club

127 W. Boone St.

Santa Maria, CA 93458

P.O. Box 881
Santa Maria, CA 93456

[email protected]

Rental Information

The Clubhouse is available to rent. Please click on Rental Information at the top of the page for details.

Contact Ed White at (805) 478-0239 for reserving and scheduling.