ANTHONY BRUCIA SUCCESS AWARDS FOUNDATION

A 501 (c)(3) Public Non-Profit Foundation

Financial awards and scholarships for those students who have "turned it around."


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Since the creation of the Anthony Brucia Awards, over $150,000 has been provided to students graduating from Central California high schools.  The students are special as they have made great strides to turn their lives around before their senior year in school.  Many  from abusive family situations.   Most have gone on to college with some entering a vocational school or the military.  Recent winners who have been successful in college have also been awarded Anthony Brucia scholarships as they continue their education.

The application process begins in the early spring of each year when procedural letters and applications are sent out to high school scholarship counselors.  These schools include comprehensive, continuation, community, independent and charter schools. The elgible counties are:  Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin,  Mariposa,  Tuolumne, Inyo, Mono, Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo.

 Most of our winners have two things in common;  1) someone who reviews and makes suggestions on their draft application essay.  Usually it is a teacher or counselor, and 2)   the help of a mentor to "turn it around."  There are a minimum of five  new $1,000 winners each year, and each winner can return for the next three years to receive and additional $1000 per year.   An additional  number of unique donor supported awards are also provided each year.

Special thanks to the San Joaquin section of CASCWA who do all the fund raising through their  many workshops and donor requests.  100% of all donations are distributed to our winners.  Each donor receives a nice thank-you receipt with the Foundations tax free federal identification number.


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2019 APPLICATION PROCESS

2019 LETTER TO STUDENT APPLICANT

2019 STUDENT APPLICATION

2019  LETTER TO COUNSELORS


***Summary Essays of Past Award Winners***








Anthony Brucia Success Awards

How it Started

In the 1990’s, the San Joaquin Section scholarship program was launched under the leadership of past CASCWA President, Joe Brucia.   His 19 year old son, Anthony had just passed away.  There were many community donations given toward a fund in his name.   Knowing that most donated funds soon run out, Joe and his wife, Shirley, offered to transfer the funds to CASCWA (California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare & Attendance).  To accept the donation, CASCWA had to match and perpetuate the fund.  CASCWA accepted and soon made the award an annual event that now reaches students graduating from Central California high schools and even those continuing on to college.  In 2018 the program became a tax deductible federal and state foundation.

Who was Anthony Brucia?

Anthony attended schools in Merced, California.  At home his education was supplemented with “high interest books” and  traveling throughout the western United States.  He often proudly wore a “Brucia Bomber” T-shirt. He once built a small  replica “Jim Bridger Fort” but completed it by burning it down because “that’s what the Indians did to it.”

In high school he was the type of student who would achieve “A’s” in every shop class while “passing with D’s” in English, math or science.  If a course was interesting, motivating, or utilized “projects” he did well.  If it bored him, he did just enough to pass.  Many times, he would do his homework yet fail to turn it in.  Needless to say, his summers were spent making up failed classes.   His passions were working part-time after school and playing city-team soccer.   There were also instances when he and his friends participated in some “mischievous mischief activities” with subsequent law enforcement consequences. 

 A Change

    Anthony’s success came after graduation.  After not doing well in community college and hanging with the wrong kids he needed a fresh start.  Always a follower, he also needed some new friends.   He enjoyed the mountains and, with the support of his family, he was able to win a job in Yosemite National Park.  It was a great place to work as he also received room and board.  The opportunity to meet young workers from all over the United States was another plus.  Anthony would also carry a small piece paper in his wallet that listed those qualities that would be his “Road to Success.”

Soon Anthony was feeling successful.  During his off time, he was mountain biking, hiking and exploring the secret spots of the Yosemite area.  Living within 80 miles of home, he would also routinely return in his 1977 VW Bus with a smile, a bag of dirty clothes and small gifts for his two sisters.  His self-esteem was high and it was obvious that he was successful in both work and life.  With his new buddies, there were plans for trips far off.  Two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, he and two other friends scrambled up Yosemite’s Ranger Rock. It was just east of El Capitan and west of Three Brothers.  Up about 200 feet they sat on rocks and viewed Yosemite Valley and its snow-capped peaks.  When it was time for dinner they headed back down.  Anthony found a different path and with one step the granite mountain pulled away taking Anthony with it.

     Remembering Anthony’s drive for success, it seemed only appropriate to assist so many other young adults starting their life journey.  The Anthony Brucia Success Awards were then set in motion.

        


      





DONATE Make a check out to "Anthony Brucia Success Awards" and send to: ABSA c/o CASCWA, P.O. Box 307 Ceres, CA 95307. A tax deductible thank-you letter will be returned. Major donations can be given to winners in your or your company's name.  Our federal employer ID # is 82-5270956

ABOUT PRIVATE DONATIONSWe receive many inquires each year regarding special donations.  These are donations that a family or company wish to award in the name of their family, or perhaps a child or spouse who has passed away.  Some are in the name of the donating company. We endorse and joyfully provide these awards, choosing winners from our large applicant base.  Recipients are either a high school senior or a higher education student who has overcome adversity to achieve success. The donor does not have to advertise, read applications, select winners or prepare the award certificate.  This is all done by the foundation.   Our contributors are always invited to the annual awards ceremony.  You may email Joe Brucia (jbrucia@sbcglobal.net) or contact any Board member for additional information.


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