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Scholarship applications

DINUBA, California — Ruiz 4 Kids is now accepting applications for 2013 scholarships. The scholarships are available only to high school seniors in the areas where Ruiz Foods has a presence. In 2012, Ruiz 4 Kids awarded $202,000 in scholarships to 196 high school seniors committed to continuing their education.

Students must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, confirmation that they will be attending a trade school or community college and a GPA of 3.0 or higher if targeted for a four-year college or university.

Separate from Ruiz 4 Kids’ high school senior scholarship program is the Louis F. Ruiz Memorial Scholarship. College students are encouraged to apply to review the Ruiz 4 Kids website on the qualifications to apply.

The scholarship application, along with criteria and guidelines are available online at www.ruiz4kids.org/ programsscholarships ,aspx. The deadline for application packets is March 8, 2013.

Ruiz 4 Kids is a non-profit organization formed in conjunction with Ruiz Foods. It was founded in 1990 when Ruiz team members asked Fred Ruiz to help them explore ways to assist families with children in need. Since then, Ruiz 4 Kids has organized two annual fundraising events, a golf invitational to raise monies for scholarships and a fiesta event to raise monies for area non-profits who are in need to grow their children-focused programs.