Dana Point Historical Society Announces Three College Scholarship

The Dana Point Historical Society will be giving three college scholarships to seniors graduating in the 2021-2022 school year. All graduating High School students who live in the City of Dana Point (92629 or 92624) and are planning to attend community college, university or trade school are eligible. The award is based on need, interest in history and community service.

Two of the $1000 scholarships honor prominent women in the history of our community. Doris I Walker was a historian and the author of many books about local history as well as a founding member of the Dana Point Historical Society. Lucy Chavarrias-Saunderson was the matriarch of the El Patio Restaurant family. She went into the restaurant business in 1937. El Patio opened in 1951 and was the longest running business in the City.

The third is the Thomas Wolcott and Dorothy Ricklefs Dana Memorial Scholarship and is sponsored by the descendants of Richard Dana.  Dana’s descendants also include Richard Henry Dana Jr. who, in 1840, published Two Years Before the Mast. The family wants to honor their affection for our city after visiting here in the summer of 2021 and is sponsoring a special one-time $1000 scholarship honoring Dana Point.

Each scholarship is $1000 and is awarded through an application process. Students may fill out both applications, however, only one scholarship will be awarded per student. The deadline for submission is APRIL 15, 2022.

High school seniors may contact their schools’ guidance counselors, or  download the information and applications here: