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Cesar wore many hats throughout his journey in life. A Marine veteran, a Correctional Sergeant, a leader, a comedian, a companion, an adventurer, a successful young man that contributed greatly to his community despite the odds that were stacked against him.
Cesar was a first generation immigrant, rambunctious, and was held back in the third grade due to his low performance in school caused by his newly diagnosed ADHD. His academics surely did not reflect his intelligence. It took his devoted parents, one determined educator, Mr. Betancourt, and his loving family, to nurture his talents, and help guide them into the path he was meant to take to achieve his dreams in the military and first responder sector.
Our hopes are to give the "Cesar's" in our local communities the confidence and guidance they need to succeed and continue their path and never lose hope or sight of their ultimate dream.
The Sgt. Cesar A. Fuentes Scholarship will be awarded to individuals ($500 each) that reside in the Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced counties who portray grit and a passion to serve our country and community and be the beacon of light to inspire, help, and encourage those around them. *The number of individuals selected is dependent on funds available*
Application window begins November 2021 and will close March 30, 2022.
Must pursue a career in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, nursing, fire, rescue, EMS, or first responder fields
Submit proof of acceptance in program/college and/or major
Submit and sign completed application by the deadline
Attach two letters of recommendation
Submit most recent school transcripts