Ruiz 4 Kids, a non-profit organization formed by associates of Ruiz Foods, is awarding $203,000 in scholarships to nearly 200 2012 graduating high school seniors. The monies were raised during the 26th Annual Louis F. Ruiz Golf Invitational held at the Valley Oaks Golf Course in California.
“It was a fabulous day,” comments Kim Ruiz Beck, Chairman, Ruiz Foods Products, Inc., and President, Ruiz 4 Kids. “We had nearly 250 golfers comprised of key vendors and suppliers, proud Ruiz Team Member volunteers, and a grand prize trip to the 2012 Indianapolis 500 that was returned to raise even more money. It was a day that truly represented what giving back to the community means to everyone affiliated with Ruiz Foods.”
In addition to graduating high school seniors, college students currently enrolled in a Food Science Program are encouraged to apply for a special annual Louis F. Ruiz Memorial Scholarship. This year, the recipient attends California State University, Fresno.
Since the first Golf Invitational, Ruiz 4 Kids has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships. Participants include a variety of Ruiz Foods vendors, suppliers and supporters.
“Both Ruiz 4 Kids and Ruiz Foods understand the importance of education,” adds Ruiz Beck. “By offering scholarship opportunities each year we are helping make the dream of a higher education a reality for students throughout the community.”
Selection for a Ruiz 4 Kids scholarship award is based on GPA and academic excellence. Applicants must submit one letter of recommendation along with a one-page resume and a 500-word essay that explains their goals and how receiving this scholarship will help obtain those goals. In addition to their scholarship awards, each student will also receive a year’s supply of El Monterey and Tornados products.