Stollmeyer Challenge Scholarships Awarded

At a festive ice cream social held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast flagship Clubhouse in Santa Maria, six students were awarded the first round of scholarships provided by the Stollmeyer Challenge partnership for STEAM programming. Rick Stollmeyer, seeing a need to focus his philanthropy on programs and services that support development of teens, chose to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast to develop the Stollmeyer Challenge:  a two-part project that challenged local donors to match his generous $300,000.00 over five years donation and to challenge teens to develop their STEAM skills and gain awareness about college and career readiness.  

For the past year, teens at the Santa Maria and Paso Robles teen centers have been participating in an ongoing series of STEAM projects.  They also attended workshops on college and career readiness.  Those students who completed the entire series of projects qualified for $1000.00 scholarships.  The recipients selected were  Fatima Tejeda-Mendez, Alexandra Martinez, Rubi Orduna Hernandez, Griselda Ramirez all from Pioneer High School in Santa Maria.  Rubi Orduna Hernandez and Fatima Tejeda-Mendez will attend Allan Hancock College in the Fall.  Griselda Ramirez will attend UC Santa Cruz and Alexandra Martinez will attend UC Berkeley.  The STEAM Challenge is open to any member of the Teen program at the Santa Maria or Paso Robles Teen Centers and in a surprise, winners of the scholarships in Paso Robles were incoming 8th graders, Marissa Pando and Maira Sanchez.  These junior high students received $500 in scholarship monies which they will receive now.  

“I am thrilled with the success of our first year of STEAM programming for teens and couldn’t be prouder of these young women who gave their all in the projects and workshops we held this year,” says Jeanette Blanco, Director of Teen Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast.  

Teen programming is available in Santa Maria and Paso Robles through the BGCMCC and teens can join anytime.  Visit to become a teen member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast.