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Hanline scholarship established
Ceres Unified School District Superintendent Walt Hanline retired last week but he left with a smile when he was presented the honor of a scholarship fund in his name and that of his wife, Edith, by a large gathering of his friends, family, co-workers and others. The surprise was made at his retirement celebration.

"This is the best retirement gift that I could have received," said Hanline. "Education is my passion and I am glad that students who intend to teach will have the opportunity to receive an annual scholarship from this fund."

The Hanline scholarship fund is the result of the generous donations provided by the many supporters of Dr. Hanline's belief that every student can succeed and deserves nothing less than a quality education.

With over $6,635 in contributions made to the fund, an annual scholarship award of $500 will be given to a graduating high school student of Ceres seeking to pursue a career in education at a four-year university or college. Eligible students must demonstrate a solid academic standing and have participated in a community service club or activity for at least one year during high school.

The scholarship fund will be managed by the Ceres Education Foundation (CEF), a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation with a mission to promote and provide financial support through scholarships to graduating seniors from Ceres high schools.

Students from Ceres attend numerous state and private colleges with popular choices including Modesto Junior College, CSU Stanislaus, University of the Pacific, CSU Fresno, CSU Sacramento, and UC Davis. While private schools command large tuitions, the cost of living at all schools has risen dramatically resulting in an increased demand for financial aid options.

"Scholarships are a great way to recognize high achieving students, while also making an investment in their futures. Ceres has a proud tradition of helping its students continue their education, and the Board of the Ceres Education Foundation extends gratitude to supporters and donors for making generous contributions toward this cause," said Mike Pratt, CEF president.