PHCS Scholarship Program

The 2019 HIGH SCHOOL scholarship program consists of  several awards:

Edward Dutra $3,750

Deolinda Dutra $3,750

PHCS Lionel R. Holmes $1,000

John Mendonsa $1,000

PHCS $500

Joseph Souza Memorial $500

American Portuguese Club $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 or 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 2018 PHCS scholarship competition, 40 applications were received from graduating high school seniors in northern California schools.  The winners and their awards are as follows:

Daniela Schwartz, Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
–          $2925 Edward Dutra award
Michael Reckers, Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, CA
–          $2925 Deolinda Dutra award
Inês Schwartz, Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
–          $1000 PHCS Lionel Holmes award
David Ryan, Jesuit High School, Sacramento, CA
–          $1000 John Mendonsa award
Hayden Lewis, Lodi High School, Lodi, CA
–          $500 PHCS award
Lauren Nunes, Tomales High School, Tomales, CA
–          $500 Joseph Souza Memorial award
Adam Pacheco, C.K. McClatchy High School, 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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