Vacaville, CA -- On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Travis Credit Union will sponsor, coordinate and produce the 2012 Cal Grant presentation from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at UC Davis', ARC Building and Ballroom located at One Shields Avenue, Davis, California.

Nearly 400 local students from Solano and Yolo County high schools will join local dignitaries, regional college representatives, school officials, and the California Student Aid Commission, at the event where they will learn how to make their college and vocational school dreams a reality.

Presentation Highlights:

Travis Credit Union is sponsoring the event as part of its long-standing commitment to education. It is the second time the presentation has been made at the UC Davis campus. The assembly is purposefully held on a college or university campus to demonstrate to the attendees the significant difference between life in high school and life on a college campus. Each year the location of the Cal Grant program is moved to a different TCU service area with a high Hispanic and at-risk student population.

Speakers and attendees include:

  • Wil Cason, renowned motivational speaker,
  • Diana Fuentes-Michel, executive director, and Linda Brown, outreach specialist for the
    California Student Aid Commission;
  • Representatives from local, state and congressional districts;
  • Members of the Solano and Yolo County Board of Supervisors;
  • Teresa Ramirez, assistant program director UC Berkeley, Cal SOAP and Destination College;
  • Regional community college representatives and
  • Travis Credit Union CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk.

Representatives from the California Student Aid Commission will also be on hand to field questions. Solano and Yolo school superintendents, high school principals and scholarship counselors are invited to attend as well as eleven area high schools were selected based on demographic diversity:

Davis High School,
Martin Luther King High School,
Esparto High School,
Winters High School,
Wolf Skills High School,
Woodland High School,
Pioneer High School,
Woodland Christian
High School,
Cache Creek High School,
Dixon High School,
Maine Prairie High School

The theme for the event is "We Believe in You". Because the primary reason why students leave college or vocational school prior to graduation is due to debt and not understanding school loans and how to manage their finances, emphasis will be placed on Cal Grants, financial literacy, and resources provided to the community free of charge.

Motivational speaker Wil Cason, author of "Visualizing Your Victory" will share his story of being a high school dropout, living the consequences, going back to school and eventually earning a Masters Degree at San Jose State University in Counseling Education. Wil captures the close attention of his high school audience when he leaves the stage to talk eye-to-eye with his audience. Wil focuses on the importance of good credit, the difference between needs and wants and staying on a budget. When wrapping up his presentation with questions and answers, Wil gives every student one of his business cards and offers them coaching if they will just call him. Past experience with this invitation demonstrates that the youth listened to him, called him, and have, indeed, gone on to college.

Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president/CEO and emcee for the event will address the financial management part of the program by communicating to the students "The Power of Education" as it relates to the students potential earnings with a degree over their lifetime. The students are provided information relating to the cost of college beginning in their community college and then moving into a CSU or UC school.

Immediately following the presentation, resources will be available for students and parents from local community colleges and the California Student Aid Commission as well as a special presentation by the UC Davis Aggie Band-Uh.

CAL GRANTS Highlights:

The California Student Aid Commission awards Cal Grants to eligible students. Cal Grants are California state-funded grants to help pay for college or career training.

CAL GRANTS are guaranteed for graduating high school seniors or recent graduates that meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the March 2 deadline.

A Cal Grant can pay for tuition-up to $12,192-and help with other expenses.

CAL GRANTS are not loans. They don't have to be repaid.

Applicants must fill out and submit two forms to apply for a Cal Grant-a Free Application for Federal Student aid-or FAFSA-and a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Students can get help filling out the forms at a local Cash for College Workshop.

"California launched the CAL GRANTS program almost 36 years ago in recognition of the fact that education beyond high school is not a luxury - but a necessity," says Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union. "If future workers are to succeed in a global economy, they need the skills and tools that a college education or vocational school provides. CAL GRANTS can be the key to a brighter, more lucrative future."

Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Merced, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties. Currently, Travis Credit Union is the 11th largest credit union in California with more than 177,000 members and more than $2 billion in assets. As one of the leading financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, Napa and Merced Counties, Travis Credit Union's strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members and the community; its solid, secure history; and its long-standing track record of dedicated service.

Travis Credit Union
P.O. Box 2069
Vacaville, California 95696

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