Irma Paz Family Scholarship
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Started by school employees, provides scholarships to graduates of Ephrata High School who are migrant or former migrant students.
The Irma Paz Family Scholarship was established to honor the work of Irma Paz and to remember her family. Gonzalo Sr., Irma, and their children, Aurelia and Gonzalo Jr., who were all tragically killed in a house fire May 23, 1996. The children attended Grant Elementary.
Irma was employed by the Ephrata School District as an aide working with migrant and bilingual students. Irma's greatest desire was to have students she worked with attend post secondary school or training.
The level of enthusiasm displayed by Irma was contagious. She consistently challenged students to work hard and do their personal best. She held high expectations for her students.
With the death of Irma and her family, a grass roots movement within the Ephrata community raised enough funding to provide a $500 scholarship on the one year anniversary of her death. Through the generosity of Ferne Daniel, a dollar for dollar (up to $10,000) challenge donation matching additional dollars raised by the community was raised.
The goal of this fund is to provide a continuing annual scholarship for a migrant or former migrant student from Ephrata High School.
- Student must show they are a migrant or former migrant student.
- Determine which school or training program they will be attending
- Write a paper (up to 1 page) describing why you are a deserving recipient and what continued schooling will allow you to do.
- Be in financial need of a scholarship
- Application must be complete