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Brightening the Future of Baja's Youth

By providing bright students from extremely poor families the financial support to afford a quality education.    BSF promises to support these kids until they have the skills necessary to get a good job with good wages even through college. Their part is to maintain high grades,  high moral code and to be a role model for their fellow citizens. Our part is to raise enough money to keep our promise !


The Annual BSF Fiesta

Honoring the past year and getting ready for the next!

The Annual BSF Family Fiesta is always a heartwarming experience for everyone involved.  We've had more than a dozen of these wonderful events where our students are able to invite their whole family to celebrate the student's successes.  Donors, sponsors, BSF alumni and those wanting to learn more about BSF are invited.

The greatest thing about the Fiesta is seeing the pride of parents and grandparents over their child's selection to receive a scholarship that will stay with them until they graduate from university.  Year after year, Board Directors and sponsors get to know the total family, receiving hugs and loving comments as an important part of the day.

This year we are doubly blessed with the generosity of our community.  Sra. Silvia Cota-Campbell is donating the use of her beautiful Rancho Cota-Campbell, a beautiful venue used for fancy weddings and other events.  And, the icing on the cake is the generous donation of fish tacos, prepared and served by folks from the lovely Puerto Nuevo Hotel!  A big thank you to these two businesses with a strong sense of community spirit.  Speaking of generosity, we need to mention our Mothers, who always provide delicious salads and drinks.

It's always great to see our graduates and hear of their career successes.  And, the self introductions of our students is a highlight for everyone.

This year our host will be Anarbol Cano, Electrical Engineer and BSF graduate.  Entertainment will be provided by Iliana and David, parents of one of our students!  

The students receive school supplies, food bags for the family to enjoy, payments for inscription fees and uniforms and information about new programs and procedures.

Another BSF Graduation Success

Ana Graduates with Honors and shares the expereience

"Hello, I share some pictures of my graduation. I want to thank you again for all your support, for joining me and help me achieve this goal in my life. My title is already in process and also I graduated with honors by my excellent academic performance"

BSF Parents are Very Important Too!

Meet Gaudalupe, the proud Mother of our Chef Iris

The Baja Scholarship Foundation is definitely the result of so many sponsors and donors and volunteers who support the amazing students that we have supported in the past as well as those who are rewarding us now with their outstanding performance.  But, we can’t forget the importance of the parents and grandparents who support these students in ways other than financial.

Meet Gaudalupe, the proud Mother of our Chef Iris, Susanna’s Chef and a four year graduate of the Culinary Institute of Mexico City. 

Iris was a scholarship recipient of the BSF for about 12 years.  And, throughout all of that time, Guadalupe made sure that she always had time to study and join in the many BSF activities that are an important part of the overall growth of our students.  Guadalupe always “paid back” in whatever way was available to her, such as preparing and setting up for our Annual Family Fiesta!

We were proud when we learned that she is now doing voices for puppets being used to educate children about inappropriate sexual behavior and also helping abandoned and abused women!!

Guadalupe’s invitation to the Wine Pairing Luncheon at Susana’s  was generously paid for my a BSF Board Member, unable to attend herself.

The Rosarito Theater Guild Supports BSF and Enjoys Susanna's Event

THE WHOLE BAJA COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES to SUCCESS!

Anyone in the Northern Baja area knows the importance of the Rosarito Theater Guild and what they contribute to the enjoyment and culture of our “neighborhood.”  What you might not know is that the RTG (as they are fondly called) are also very quick to support the many other charitable causes that are an integral part of the well-being of the greater area.

We LOVE the “RTG GIRLS!” and are so grateful for their support at each and every one of our BSF events.

Here they are, enjoying their splendid wine from VInas Emilana , our partners at Susanna’s Restaurant this June.  And, they’re showing off the BSF pens, generously donated by GOLDSTAR  (thanks to Karen Hoy) with the help of our sponsor, Noleen Zasman.

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Susana's Chef from BSF & Vinos Emiliana from Guadelupe Plate & Pour Perfection

Another BSF Susana's Wine & Dine Event was nothing less than Spectacular

Susana's Restaurant in conjunction with The Baja Scholarship Foundation holds semi-monthly four course Gourmet luncheons paired with a different local vineyard each time. Last week’s version was nothing short of spectacular. With a BSF scholarship alum, Iris, as chef the culinary art of each course was simply splendid. However the wines in this version were equally wonderful and masterfully paired.

The First course set the tone with the sautéed mushroom & onion with blue chees wrapped in phyllo topped with poached pear and red wine relish with candied walnuts. This aperitivo was rich and full of bold flavors much like the wine it was paired with Emiliana's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon.

However, the Star of the meal was the Braised Filet Mignon with Carrot & Zucchini stuffed Ravioli served on top of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, sautéed Spinach with fresh Parmesan Cheese and a Honey Red Wine Reduction. Bursting with satisfying blend of rich flavors of savory, sweet and sharp. The Emiliana’s 2011 Nebiollo Gran Reserva was an inspired pick to pair with this main course. The spicy flavor and strong dry finish complimented the flavors on the front end while cleansing the palate on the back end to enjoy the next bite as if it was the first.

The event raised funds for the continued operation of the Baja Scholarship Foundation. Susana’s dedication to the promotion of this cause is appreciated and inspiring.

Sold out as always make sure you watch here for the notice of the next event so you don’t miss out on the next one!

Classy Bag Affair a Rousing Success

Great time for a great cause

Once again, the CLASSY BAG AFFAIR was a great occasion for good times, good friends and good values!  And, all to support the outstanding students of the Baja Scholarship Foundation.

Folks began arriving at 11 at Dos Lagos Restaurant, Bajamar, and enjoyed a glass of champagne (or two?) while viewing the fabulous 40 “bags” and their contents.  After marking up their bid sheets, there was time to linger over the Silent Auction items and then find a table with friends; new and old.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the delicious buffet and the liberal pouring of wine with lunch.

Fund Raising Chair, Ruth Rockwell, and her side-kick, Lisa Johnston, along with help from Board Members and “friends” of the BSF, really scoured the area for new and exciting items.  And, their efforts paid off.

The spirited bidding was kept going with the help of Auctioneer Doug Rye.  And, while some new and unique items brought high prices, there truly was something for everyone this year.

We are thrilled to announce that the Classy Bag Affair added $17,000 plus to our bank account this year.  That amounts to approximately 1/3 of our annual budget. With your generous help with sponsorships and other donations and your support of our other events throughout the year we are able to meet our obligations and promises to these fine deserving young people.

Thank you one and all!  And, remember to mark your calendar for April 2016!!

Another BSF Student Progresses towards her Professional Dreams

BSF Student Maria embarks on her “clinical experience” at a local Tijuana Hospital

Maria  (Bottom row, third from right in the photo) is a BSF scholarship recipient with another year after this one to complete her studies to be a Nurse in Mexico.  Maria is starting her hands-on experience in the ISSTECAL Hospital in Tijuana this month. Maria and her sister, Magali, are sponsored by Larry Kelley and Jo'se Ghilarducci.

 

The Baja Scholarship Foundation awards the highest achieving students from the poorest families in Baja California scholarships to support their studies as far as they need to go to support their career dreams. Today the foundation supports about 50 students from 2nd grade through post graduate studies. Subscribe to our Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bajascholarshipfoundation to keep up to date on our fundraising events.

Judie Kesson Honored with MeXOXO Award

Founder and President of BSF wins "MeXOXO Women of Baja Entrepreneur Awards - Social Impact Award"!!!

On January 31st, 2015, a group of women entrepreneurs were recognized for their endeavors at an event called Women Entrepreneurs of Baja Awards. The event is organized by MEXOXO, an organization dedicated to training, mentoring and funding women to become social entrepreneurs.

The nominees are divided into four categories in the fields of social impact, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the arts. The panel of judges include Marco Antonio Soto, co-founder of HUB Station in Tijuana; Scot Richardson, a local entrepreneur and creator of Once Upon a Time in Rosarito; Caitlin Trimble, a cross-border entrepreneur and writer; Pamela Alexander, a social-media marketing expert and an active member of co-working spaces throughout Mexico; and Kathy Katz, a binational entrepreneur involved in the fields of manufacturing and real estate.

Judie Kesson, Founder and President of the Baja Scholarship Foundation, was honored with the "MeXOXO Women of Baja Entrepreneur Awards - Social Impact Award"!!! Congratulations to Judie for the amazing impact she has had on the students, families and communities in Baja. The BSF community congratulates Judie on this great accomplishment as it is truly a validation of the charter of the foundation she has forged over the last 18 years.

See more at: http://www.sandiegored.com/noticias/60694/Women-Entrepreneurs-of-Baja-Awards/#sthash.CY2LZ2Or.dpuf .

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