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The latest news from The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County.

Date Set for 2016 Ag Gala – April 30th!

DSC_0200The Clover Foundation Youth Ag Gala & Auction date is April 30th!

Bring a friend or bring a whole table of friends to support youth agricultural education and access to livestock project management in Santa Clara County. This is a great opportunity to mingle with old friends, make some new friends, bid on unique auction items, and listen to or dance to some good live band music. Event will have no host bar with wine, beer, and cocktails.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to popular demand the Casino Games have been brought back!

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To buy event tickets online, please select Get My Tickets!

If you can’t attend, but would like to make a donation, please Select Donate! 

Last year, your attendance helped us give $55,800 to local 4-H and FFA youth in three ways:

  • College Scholarships – given to 4-H and FFA graduating seniors
  • Livestock Purchase Loans – make zero interest livestock loans accessible to all youth
  • Santa Clara County Youth Fair – keep the 4-day fair tradition going!

2014 Group shot Scholorship crop

Current Venue:

Join Us on  April 30th, 2016 – 6:00pm – 11:00pm!

6:00pm Doors open – Expo Hall, Tully Road, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

View the display boards, Scope out Silent and Live Auction items

See updates on Fairground evolution plans

Learn about the Heritage Foundation, Fair planning, and the Livestock Auction

7:00pm BBQ Dinner served

  • Awards & Recognition
  • Live Auction

Followed by ….

  • Bucking Bull Contest  cancelled; vendor lacked adequate insurance
  • Karaoke
  • Live Music by Country Cougars

Country Cougars

  • Casino Games (21 & over)
  • Bingo (18 & over)
  • Silent Auction Bidding
  • Announcement of Silent Auction Winners

By 10:00pm all auction items paid for and secured

We are also looking for auction items and travel destination donations, so if you have an item of value or a vacation home to donate, please contact us at information@thecloverfoundation.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the next 2016 Clover Foundation Youth Ag Gala & Auction!

2014 Scholarship Winners Announced!

2014 Group shot Scholorship crop

  Congratulations to Our 2014 Scholarship Winners:

                        • Melissa Robell, Scholarship Winner
                        • Taylor Walters, Scholarship Winner
                        • William Green, Runner-up
                        • JuliannaLydon, Runner-up
                        • Austin Heiser,
                        •  Runner-up
                        • Angelica Rodriguez, Runner-up
                        • Erinne Contival, Gold
                        • Evelyn Rumsby, Gold
                        • Bailey Ulloa Conley, Bronze
                        • Joyanna Longoria, Bronze
                        • Monica Topete, Bronze
                        • Sierra Stormo, Bronze

“The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County is extremely pleased to give 12 graduating 4-H and FFA high school seniors academic scholarships to support their educational goals. The 12 received scholarships because of their contributions to the community, to their own development, and to the development of others. Nearly $14,000 in scholarships were presented with the help of a generous $5000 grant from the East Bay Community Foundation, and through the generosity of business and individual donations to the Clover Foundation.

The East Bay Community Foundation (www.eastbaycf.org) transforms lives by harnessing financial capital, leadership and philanthropic expertise through the power of many: partnerships with individual donors, business, government, and private foundations.  The Foundation is especially dedicated to advancing economic opportunity for those in need and the education that leads to it.  As a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, the Foundation manages more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.

More than twice the number of scholarships were presented to a deserving group of FFA and 4-H members at the August 2, 2014, Santa Clara County Fair ceremony.  To be eligible for the Scholarships, applicants must be:

•           Active members of a Santa Clara County youth agriculture organization

•           Residents of Santa Clara County

•           Seniors graduating from high school during the award year

Preference is given to youth in an agriculturally focused youth programs, or pursuing a career in agriculture.

Congratulations to each of the FFA and 4-H scholarship winners for their dedication, leadership, and community involvement. The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County wishes each recipient the best in the pursuit of their academic, career, and life goals.

Donate now to help the Clover Foundation give outstanding FFA and 4-H youth scholarships in 2015 to support youth pursuing a college degree. Thank you to everyone, including the East Bay Community Foundation for making this scholarship program a reality.”

Jane Garrod 1918 – 2014

It’s with a heavy heart that we post the passing of Jane Garrod, one of the founders of The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County. Jane helped build this foundation with a team of like-minded, community leaders who’s main goal was to preserve the tradition of youth agriculture education for future generations. Jane served on the board until her retirement last year at the age of 94, completing 34 years of dedicated service.  Her sense of humor, passion for agriculture, and her commitment to leave things better than she found them will be well-remembered. Jane’s tenacity to ask the hard questions and her support of youth leadership development made this foundation what it is today. She will be missed, but a part of her will always live on in the spirit of The Clover Foundation, the college scholarships given, and the support we provide to 4-H and FFA youth participating in agriculture education in the Silicon Valley.

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2014 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

2014 Scholarship Awards Ceremony – On Saturday, August 2nd at the Santa Clara County Fair, The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County will be awarding over $13,000 in Scholarships.  We look forward to announcing our winners at 7pm at the stage outside Expo Hall.  Come out and see the fair and this amazing next generation of youth!  http://www.thefair.org

2014 Youth Ag Gala

The 2014 Clover Foundation main event, the Youth Ag Gala, brought together over 250 supports of the Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County on April 26, 2014, and raised over $18.000. A lively auctioneer raised the friendly competition among bidders for items in the live auction and attendees enjoyed a silent auction, BBQ dinner, casino night, and great conversations with new and old friends. This year, the following families and individuals were recognized for going above and beyond with their support of the youth agriculture in Santa Clara County with these awards:

The Stan Alger Family2014 Youth Agriculture Family Philanthropy Award
KFC FranchiseDawn, Kim Cook of Morgan Hill2014 Youth Agriculture Business Philanthropy Award
Joe Martin, Sobrato High School Ag Education Faculty, 2014 Youth Agriculture Mentor Award

Proceeds from this event are used to support the Santa Clara County Youth Fair, no longer supported by any local, state, or federal funds, as well as funding other 4-H and FFA youth agriculture related events, scholarships, livestock loans, and projects.
Your feedback about our events is important. If you have suggestions to improve the Youth Ag Gala please email them to: gala@thecloverfoundation.org .

2013 Scholarship Awards Winners!

2013 brought some of the top scholarship applicants we have seen for the Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County Scholarship!  We awarded over $4,250 and the awards were announced at the 2013 Youth Fair on Saturday, August 3rd.  Selection was based on:

  • Being an active member of a Santa Clara County youth agriculture organization and resident of Santa Clara County.
  • Graduate from high school in award calendar year.
  • Candidates with experience in an agriculturally focused youth program, or pursuing a career in agriculture, will be given preference.

We are proud to post this years winners of The 2013 Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County Scholarship.  They are:

Steven Baird – Winner

  • Clayton Carlson – Runner Up
  • Kenny McDevitt – First Alternate
  • Haley Gause – Bronze Winner
  • Sabrina Rice – Bronze Winner

They are to be commended on their achievements in both FFA and 4H along will their community involvement.   The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education and your future career.

 

2012 Scholarship Awards Winners!

Alex Schord receiving his 2012 Scholarship Award at the Santa Clara County Fair.

2012 had fewer applicants but was an exceptional year with high caliber scholarship applications.  Over $2,200 was awarded at the awards ceremony held at the 2012 Youth Fair on Saturday, August 4th.  Selection was based on:

  • Being an active member of a Santa Clara County youth organization and resident of Santa Clara County.
  • Graduate from high school in award calendar year.
  • Candidates with experience in an agriculturally focused youth program, or pursuing a career in agriculture, will be given preference.

We are proud to post this years winners of The 2012 Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County Scholarship.  They are:

  • Danielle Budde – Winner
  • Alex Schord – Runner Up
  • Abrianna Robles –  Alternate

We wish them all best of luck in their higher education endeavors.

Clover Foundation Scholarship Application

The Clover Foundation Scholarships are available to 4-H and FFA members who graduate from High School in this calendar year.   Each year’s winner may receive up to $1000; additional awards may be given. The application is available below, or call (408) 390-6618, or email scholarships@thecloverfoundation.org for additional information.  Applications must be received or postmarked by the last Friday of May.

Please select this link to download the application:  CloverFoundationScholarship

2012 Ag Gala Enjoyed by Many

2012 Youth Ag Gala:

The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County proudly sponsored the 2012 Youth Ag Gala to support Santa Clara County youth on May 19, 2012 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Over 300 supporters attended this years event. Attendees enjoyed a BBQ dinner served by some of our finest youth in agriculture, as well as line dancing, casino games, bingo, a silent auction and door prizes.

Proceeds of this event benefited the 2012 Santa Clara County Youth Fair along with other youth agriculture related events, scholarships, livestock loans, and projects.

The Clover Foundation is focusing fundraising campaigns aimed more on youth agricultrue education while still being a substantial supporter of the Youth Fair. We are always trying to improve this event, so if you would like to provide comments, please send us an email at gala@thecloverfoundation.org .

Also note that the Fairgrounds no longer receives financial support from either the County or the State. As a result, the Youth Fair portion of the County Fair is viewed by the Fairgrounds as a money losing activity. If we are to preserve the features of the Fair for youth agriculture then we need help in finding more funds than we have been able to raise with our Galas. If you work for, or know of, a company that could provide financial Sponsorships for the Youth Fair – please contact them. The future of our County’s agricultural youth depends upon retaining the Youth Fair.

 

The Clover Foundation and the youth of Santa Clara County appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in 2013 at the Gala and the Santa Clara County Youth Fair!

Market Livestock Loans for Steer, Swine, Sheep & Goat

No-interest Livestock Loans for 4-H and FFA market animals are available for youth residing in Santa Clara County.  The money is available from the Ed Vargas Livestock Fund.  Please select this link for the application: Livestock Purchase Loan and Promissory Note Fill out the top portion of the application, then contact us for an interview appointment (see below).

Applicant interviews will be short – approx. 10-15 min.  The interviews are intended to compliment the real-life education provided by the FFA and 4-H programs.   The deadlines for requesting an interview are:  last Friday of September for Steers, Last Friday of February for Sheep, Swine, and Goat.  Applicants will be notified of available times and places during the following week, but no later than the second Sunday following the deadline.  The interviews will take place in mid-October for Steers and mid-March for other species.  All that is needed for the request is your name, telephone number and/or email, and the species you wish to raise (see below). Loan amounts available are:

  • $1,200 for steer
  • $500   for sheep, swine and market goat

The number of loans granted may be limited by available funds, so do not delay in contacting the Foundation.  Interviews will be granted to applicants in the order requested.   The challenge for applicants is to market their animal such that they earn funds to buy any second animal in the following year.

Applicants must be residents of Santa Clara County.  They must bring the application and an adult co-signer with them for their interview.  Neither the applicant nor the co-signing adult should sign the application until the conclusion of a successful interview.  Applicants need to request an interview time slot by sending an email to

MarketLoans@TheCloverFoundation.org.

For each applicant we need:

  • Name
  • Telephone Number and/or eMail address
  • Species requested (Steer, sheep, swine or goat)

If they do not have access to email,  applicants can send a fax to 913-523-0866, or they can leave a message at 408-927-9222.  The deadlines for requesting an interview are as noted above.

If additional information is needed, please send an email to: MarketLoans@TheCloverFoundation.org.

Please select this link for the application: Livestock Purchase Loan and Promissory Note