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The Garee Lee Smith Scholarship

Since 2006 the Heffernan Foundation has assisted employees and their families with education expenses through the Garee Lee Smith Scholarship Program. Garee was one of Heffernan’s first employees, and she truly embodied the Heffernan Spirit of Giving, when she passed away, the Garee Lee Smith Scholarship was created in her memory. Since its inception we have given $645,000 in scholarships through this program. Each year 10 recipients are chosen from applications received. The individuals chosen all epitomize hard work, dedication, ambition, as well as a strong commitment to support their communities. We hope to carry on the spirit of giving that Garee inspired for years to come.

2023 Recipients

Bella Perez

Contra Costa Medical Career College

Ishan Hossain

St. John’s University

Piper Christensen

University Of California, Regents

Georgia McMahon

Santa Rosa Junior College

Sarah Andrews

Chico State University

Sophia Culver

California State University Sacramento

Sierra Gorsuch

San Jose State University

Jenna Massagli

University of California, Los Angeles

Kathleen Davidson

San Diego State University

Royce Etheridge

University Of the Pacific