PHCS Scholarship Program

The 2020 HIGH SCHOOL scholarship program consists of  several awards:

Edward Dutra $3,280

Deolinda Dutra $3,280

PHCS Lionel R. Holmes $1,000

John Mendonsa $1,000

PHCS $500

Joseph Souza Memorial $500

American Portuguese Club, Bob and Betty Dias $500


Requirements: Applicants must be a high school senior; be of Portuguese descent; achieve a GPA of 3.5 or better. The application should include an official grade transcript; at least one letter of recommendation (principal, counselor, teacher, employer, etc.); an essay regarding the applicant’s Portuguese community involvement and the impact of the applicant’s Portuguese heritage and culture on their life (300 words minimum).

Applications are available here PHCS Scholarship Application or here PHCS Scholarship Application and from school counselors.

Contact:  Jeremiah Duarte Bills,

PHCS, P. O. Box 161990, Sacramento, CA 95816.  (916) 392-1048

Please note: Winners will receive scholarship check upon submitting proof of college enrollment by October 31, 2019.

Acceptable enrollment documents: certificate of enrollment, unofficial transcripts or receipt of paid enrollment. 

For the 2019 PHCS scholarship competition, applications were received from graduating high school seniors in northern California schools.  The winners and their awards are as follows:

Madisyn Widmer, Escalon High School, Escalon, CA
–          $3750 Edward Dutra award
Maria Soares, Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA
–          $3750 Deolinda Dutra award
Lilyanna Esteves Silveira, Orland High School, Orland, CA
–          $1000 PHCS Lionel Holmes award
Elijah Simas, Shasta High School, Redding, CA
–          $1000 John Mendonsa award
Veronica Reckers, Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, CA
–          $500 PHCS award
Dylan Almeida, Laguna Creek High School, Elk Grove, CA
–          $500 Joseph Souza Memorial award
Elisabeth Watkins, Central Catholic High School, Modesto, CA
–          $500 American Portuguese Club award



  1. Debra Camaccho

    Need a copy of the Portuguese Historical Society application please. I have sent out several emails requesting an application. Thank you


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