Amador Valley Scholarships, Inc. was started in 1965 when a group of Pleasanton educators and business people got together for the purpose of raising money for scholarships for graduating seniors from Amador and Dublin high school. AVSI now awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Amador, Foothill and Village High Schools and serve as administrator for 10 Memorial Scholarships.

In addition to the general AVSI Scholarships awarded, we also serve as administrator for the following scholarships:

In 2010 Ballistic United started the Erik Jon Lemoine Scholarship in honor of an outstanding former  player who passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Lemoine family has been a long time member and passionate supporter of Ballistic United and the game of soccer that is played here in Pleasanton.
Each year, Ballistic United and the Lemoine family provide scholarships a  deserving individual.  Recipients must reside in Pleasanton, attend and play soccer at either local high school, be a senior, and have played their youth soccer careers extensively at BUSC!

Cynthia Bridges raised both her daughter, Alexi Bridges (Foothill graduate), and son, Andrew Bridges (Amador Valley graduate), as a single-mother after the passing of her husband, Ernie Bridges. This scholarship is meant to honor her for the incredible efforts and sacrifices she went through in order to provide her children an amazing upbringing in Pleasanton. The Cynthia Bridges Scholarship was created to benefit a student who has experienced a hardship as a result of the passing of one or both parents, a serious medical event impacting a parent, or other extenuating circumstance that affected the student’s ability to have both parents presently available for a prolonged period of time. 

Dan Gabor was a 1987 Amador graduate. He was a standout Track and Field  runner who won the State Championship in the 800 meter in 1987.

Dan earned a track scholarship to the University of Arkansas where he became a two time All American.  The Dan Gabor Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a member of the Amador Track/Cross Country team.

I’m pleased to be able to offer the Don Foreman Memorial Scholarship to graduating students from Amador/Foothill/Village High Schools, who may be interested in the teaching field. My husband, Don, was a popular History Teacher at Amador from 1966-1989. He died in 2002 but he still lives in the hearts of many of his students, especially those who received his Scholarship. I’m proud to carry on this tradition.  Marilyn Foreman

The Ed Faustina Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by his family and community members. Ed lived in Pleasanton for over 50 years and always found ways to give to the community. He was a mentor and role model to many of the youth in the community, especially the young men who knew him as Coach from over 30 seasons with the Pleasanton Junior Football League. Ed taught discipline, the value of giving back and saw the good in everyone. The scholarship is offered to a high school senior who has shown a commitment to giving time to make the community stronger .

Ernie and Nancy Dohner moved to Pleasanton in 1957. Ernie was an engineer at Leslie Salt Company and Nancy was a teacher. They raised their 2 children, John and Emy in the house they built on Happy Valley Rd.  Both John and Emy are graduates of Amador High School The family hopes that this scholarship will help make a small difference in the cost of a college education.

George Jacobson taught Math at Amador for 32 years, he took great pride in the accomplishments of his students. One of George’s outstanding students, who became a dear friend, was Brent Wilcox.  When Brent died several months after George the families decided to set up a scholarship in both their names

Jim Reding taught at Wells Middle School since 2003.  He taught various classes, 6th grade Core, PE, READ 180, Wood Shop and Art.  The biggest testament to Jim’s teaching could be found in his students themselves. They loved his classes! Jim’s students were constantly engaged, challenged and entertained.  

This scholarship is being offered only to graduating seniors from Dublin or Valley High School who attended Wells Middle School.

Matthew was a 20 year old who loved life. He woke up every day with a smile on his face and went to bed at night with the same smile. Matthew grew up in Pleasanton, going to St Raymond for K-8th grade. When it came time for high school, the choices were very difficult, but Matthew chose Foothill High School where he thrived in academics, golf and the social aspects of high school. Having graduated in 2011, he then went to Cal Poly SLO to begin studying for a degree in business. While a junior at Cal Poly, Matthew traveled to Spain on a study abroad program where he tragically drowned in November 2013. Besides his parents and one brother, Matthew leaves behind all of his friends, teachers, parents, co-workers and extended family that he had met throughout his short life.

Nich Ermak  was the son of Pleasanton School District educator, Tricia Poulous Leonard.  Nich died in a rock climbing accident on Mt. Diablo in 2006, he was 22 years old.  The scholarship in his name was started by contributions from students at Harvest Park Middle School. At the time of his death, Nich was a student at U C Santa Cruz and had achieved a black belt in martial arts. Nich’s family hopes that this scholarship in his memory will help the recipient achieve a college degree.

Skip Mohatt taught Social Studies at Amador. He created the civics team that competed in the “We the People” competition in Washington, DC. In 1995 his team won the National title. Mohatt was also Amador’s varsity Basketball coach. His teams won 10 East Bay Athletic League titles. After retiring, he published two autobiographies, “Ceilings” and “Beyond Ceilings” which dealt with his determination not to allow his physical handicap (polio) to limit his ambitions.

Tom Hart, served the Pleasanton School District as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent from 1951 until his death in 1975. His wife, Mary, was not a teacher by profession but was the first and foremost teacher to her seven children, all of them graduates of the Pleasanton School system.  Tom and Mary Hart’s commitment to education lives on in this scholarship.

Tom and Patti Peters raised their 3 sons in the Pleasanton Meadows area of Pleasanton. When their son Chris was in high school at Foothill, his Dad died.  In establishing this scholarship he said so many in the community stepped up to help him and his family, now they want to do the same.  The Tom Peters Scholarship was set up to benefit a student who has suffered through the death of one or both parents.