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Palo Alto group awards 25 college scholarships

'Pursuit of Excellence' grants aimed at needy students at four-year colleges

Four recent graduates of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools are among this year's recipients in a scholarship program begun by a Palo Alto couple nearly 30 years ago.

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Posted by Emily Renzel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 28, 2014 at 10:54 am

Pursuit of Excellence is an outstanding example of how a modest idea can morph into a very significant impact for the many students who have benefitted from their scholarships. This low overhead group is a very worthy place to make your charitable contributions. Thank you, Dick & Jerry Smallwood!


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Posted by Hal Plotkin
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Kudos to the Smallwood family for making such a big difference in so many lives. Many years ago, I was a child raised in Palo Alto in a single parent family who also worked while in high school. I would have never made it thru college without financial help, including from a handful of generous local community members. Today, the need is greater than ever. What a wonderful example to show us the way. And what a powerful, hopeful message to financially-challenged, hard working local students, who now have an additional reason to hope for something more than just encouragement when they head off to college. This is the type of thing that makes a community stronger and better.


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Posted by Janeen Phillips
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

Congrats everyone on the list and thank you donors. Scholarships help out so much.

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