The Pope Valley Scholarship fund


Building on the Dreams of our Founders

The Pope Valley Scholarship Fund was founded in honor of two longtime Pope Valley residents, Norman K. Blanchard and Joan Burns, both of whom believed strongly  that education is a vital part of a successful life for young people in Pope Valley. The Board of Directors is pleased to continue their wonderful dedication and spirit.  Please help us uphold this tradition.

In the past ten years our fund has awarded  forty-seven scholarships to help local deserving high- school graduates  attend a wide range of post-secondary schools, from vocational institutes to campuses of community colleges, California State Colleges, and the University of California, as well as to private colleges and universities all over the country.  

Your generosity enables us to expand scholarship opportunities to local students.

It Takes Money to Achieve our Goals

Keeping kids in school, paying for books, tuition, transportation and all the other costs of higher education isn’t free.  Someone has to pay.  And many Pope Valley students come from working class homes; many are members of minority communities.  Parents are often unfamiliar with the complexities of the college application process.  Students do get help from their local school counselors, but the scholarship fund invites students to interviews with members of the scholarship fund board.  In this environment, board members, all residents of the local Pope Valley community, can often give helpful advice and guidance, as well as getting to know students’ personal situations and requirements.  The members of the board are all volunteers, so you can be sure that virtually every dollar you give goes directly to students.


Funding Higher Education for Local Students

The Founders

Joan Burns was a longtime resident of Pope Valley, and was active in community activities both here in the valley and in the wider Napa County area.

Norm Blanchard was a noted San Francisco architect and a member of the University of California Board of Regents.  He retired to his ranch in Pope Valley, where he maintained his interest in education and community affairs.   The current board carries on the work inspired by these two outstanding members of the Pope Valley community.