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Paradise Scholarship Foundation History

The Paradise Scholarship Foundation traces its roots back to 1956 as a community effort coordinated by various Ridge clubs and service organizations who shared a common goal: to help Paradise students with scholarships. They pooled their resources and formed the Paradise Scholarship Committee.

As time went on, the Committee developed into the Paradise Scholarship Association, with membership extended to individuals, businesses and local organizations. Through the years, the Association continued to grow and in 1990, was established as the Paradise Scholarship Foundation.  Each year, the Foundation awards scholarship through the kind gifts and endowments from the community. 

In its more than 65 years of its existence, the Paradise Scholarship Foundation has helped hundreds of Ridge graduates, providing thousands of dollars in scholarships each year. 

While the majority of the Foundation’s support comes from donations from local community members and organizations, and businesses, the Paradise Scholarship Foundation was fortunate to receive generous estate bequests in the 1990's of more than $100,000 from two Ridge residents, Paul Combs and Elizabeth Nix. These kind and generous gifts along with other donations from the community have enabled the Foundation to continue to support our students as they pursue higher education.

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