Allgire Foundation Scholarships

Transforming Lives Through Education, the Allgire Foundation strives to ensure that people impacted by affordable housing have the resources available to better themselves through education.

The Mary Ellen Grant Memorial Scholarship
Mary Ellen Grant was the mother of one of the Allgire Foundations' founders, Mary Ann Allgire. This scholarship is offered in memory of Mary Ellen Grant, honoring her positive spirit and legacy of kindness. This scholarship opportunity is for an applicant who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment to helping others. This scholarship may be per semester or annually and up to $10,000 per award.
The Mary Lou Allgire Memorial Scholarship
Mary Lou Allgire was a Children's Center teacher and administrator with San Diego Unified School District from 1974 - 1990. This scholarship is offered in memory of Mary Lou Allgire, honoring her commitment to education, and bettering the lives of others. This scholarship opportunity is for an applicant who has shown an interest in a career in education and bettering the lives of others. This scholarship may be per semester or annually and up to $10,000 per award.
The Mike Pavco Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is offered in memory of Michael Pavco, honoring his dedication and commitment to affordable housing, and helping others. This scholarship opportunity is for an applicant who has shown an interest in a career in government, public administration, or social work, and helping the affordable housing community. This scholarship may be per semester or annually and up to $10,000 per award.
The Allgire General Contractors' Scholarship
This scholarship is offered because of Allgire General Contractors' commitment to education and developing the next generation of construction or STEM field leaders. This scholarship opportunity is for an applicant who plans to pursue a career in Construction or other STEM fields. This scholarship may be per semester or annually and up to $7,500 per award.
Other At Large Scholarships
The Allgire Foundation may award additional scholarships to applicants affected by affordable housing and who wish to pursue higher education, including: applicants currently living in, or who have lived in, affordable housing, applicants negatively impacted by COVID 19, applicants raised by single parents, applicants who are, or have been, homeless, in the foster care system, or applicants that have overcome hardships. These scholarships may be per semester or annually and up to $5,000 per award.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Alondra Munoz
Alondra Munoz
School: SDSU
Major: Masters Social Work
Award: Mary Ellen Grant Memorial Scholarship | $2,000
Alondra understands the impact affordable housing can have on individuals and communities. Alondra recognizes the correlation between affordable housing and healthier lifestyles and intends on making a difference by putting her education to work in her community.
Derrick Ruiz
Derrick Ruiz
School: UCSD/UCLA/UC Berkeley/SDSU
Major: Public Policy
Award: The Mike Pavco Scholarship | $2,500
Derrick’s access to affordable housing has played a critical role in his personal, academic, and professional development. Housing policy is a top priority for Derrick and he intends to use his degree to address systemic issues that contribute to housing insecurity.
Shannon Lamoureux
Shannon Lamoureux
School: SDSU
Major: Masters of Social Work
Award: Mary Lou Allgire Memorial Scholarship | $1,500
Shannon strongly believes that housing is a fundamental human need and the lack of it must be included in finding solutions and understanding the problem from a humane and holistic manner.
Alan Agudo Juarez
Alan Agudo Juarez
School: Palomar Community College
Major: Business (Finance)
Award: At Large Scholarship | $1,000
Affordable housing has helped shape Alan's life by providing a stable living environment. Alan intends to make meaningful contributions to the field of affordable housing after he graduates.
Kimberly Barrueta
Kimberly Barrueta
School: UCLA
Major: Labor Studies
Award: The Mike Pavco Scholarship | $2,500
Kimberly has seen for herself how affordable housing can change lives for the better. Kimberly will use her degree to educate and research underrepresented communities of color.
Emanuel Diaz Sanchez
Emanuel Diaz Sanchez
School: SDSU
Major: BS Mechanical Engineering
Award: The Allgire General Contractors’ Scholarship | $1,500
Emanuel knows firsthand that living in affordable housing can change lives by providing a safe and stable environment. Emanuel wants to show others that a college degree is attainable regardless of where you live or your financial situation.
Karina Fernandez
Karina Fernandez
School: Cal State LA
Major: Nursing
Award: Mary Ellen Grant Memorial Scholarship | $2,000
Karina believes that a stable home and education can transform lives. Karina intends on making a difference in people’s lives by being a caring and compassionate nurse that advocates for her patients.
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Asma Ahmed
School: CSU Sacramento
Major: Career and Technical Studies
Award: Mary Lou Allgire Memorial Scholarship | $1,500
Asma’s life has been positively impacted by affordable housing and she wants to help others use affordable housing to improve their lives.

Eligibility

Resident of San Diego County who has been affected by affordable housing or desires to have an impact on affordable housing.
Applicant must:
  1. Have been affected by affordable housing in San Diego County
  2. Be a High School senior or older. College bound, or enrolled in a vocational/technical/certification training program, or seeking a GED or GED equivalency
  3. Be committed to helping others in their community through community service, academic clubs, sports, extra-curricular activities, or similar programs
  4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and show potential to succeed in college or training program they have chosen
  5. Need financial assistance
  6. Submit the completed application with your official transcript attached
Selection Criteria:
  1. Impact on, or by, affordable housing community in San Diego county
  2. Have a commitment to helping others in their community through community service, academic clubs, sports, or extra-curricular activities
  3. Evidence of ability to succeed in pursuing academic or vocational/technical program goals
  4. No Allgire Foundation/Allgire General Contractors team member or relative is eligible for this scholarship

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