Annually the Holcomb Corporation awards scholarships to deserving college bound sons and daughters of its fulltime employees. The scholarship program, which began in 2002, has given out almost $50,000 to 29 recipients.
“They’re the children of managers and housekeepers, groundskeepers and cooks” explained CEO Mark Holcomb who added, “They have gone on to study medicine, engineering, law, animal science, criminal justice, architecture and graphic design to name a few.”
High school seniors planning to attend a four-year university are asked to submit a transcript, and write about their background, achievements, and experiences, as well as educational and career goals. In addition a letter of recommendation is added to the package and submitted prior to the June 30th deadline. Holcomb ran down the list of academic destinations and noted “Among the many prestigious schools our recipients have attended are: Cal Berkeley, Santa Clara, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara.
This year three recipients will share the $4,000 scholarship award. They are Graceann Rettig who is attending San Francisco State University, Mattison Crowley at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and Mariela Lopez a student at San Jose State.
Rewarding excellence and achievement is also a personal calling for the Holcombs. “These are terrific kids” Holcomb explained adding, “It gives both my wife Kay and me a great deal of pleasure to fund these scholarships.”
The Holcomb family of business interests includes Palapas Restaurant y Cantina (www.palapasrestaurant.com), Seascape Beach Resort (www.seascaperesort.com), Seascape Wine and Spirits, and Holcomb Real Estate and Development. (www.holcombrealestate.com)