DENISON — Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship applications are available online for high school seniors and college students transferring from a community college. To be eligible, the high school and community college must be located within a 50-mile radius of the Denison Ruiz Foods facility. The scholarship application deadline is Feb. 20, 2020.


“The pursuit of higher education for some can feel like an unachievable dream,” Jeanne Ulcak, Ruiz 4 Kids Board of Directors member and Denison team member, said. “We look to help relieve some of the financial stress with our scholarships so that students can place their focus where it is needed most – their education. Our annual Louis F. Ruiz Golf Invitational funds our Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship Program.”


Those interested in applying should note that this year, applications will need to be submitted online via the Ruiz 4 Kids website, www.Ruiz4Kids.org. The organization will not accept any hard copy or emailed applications. If there are any questions regarding the application process, send them to ruiz4kidsScholarship@ruizfoods.com.


Ruiz 4 Kids, the non-profit organization of Ruiz Food Products, Inc., is based in Dinuba, California. The scholarship program is available to select high schools in specific geographic areas where Ruiz Foods has manufacturing facilities: Dinuba/Tulare, California; Denison, Texas, and Florence, South Carolina. According to Ulack, Ruiz 4 Kids receives over 600 scholarship applications each year and review teams comprised of a couple dozen Ruiz Foods team members volunteer to make the selections.


In the past 10 years, Ruiz 4 Kids has awarded over 4 million dollars in scholarships to hundreds of high school seniors committed to furthering their education.


High school applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or above to apply if they plan on attending a two-year college or vocational institution. Those who will be attending a four-year college or university must have a GPA of 3.0 or more. Community college students must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above at the community college level. To learn more about the Ruiz 4 Kids Scholarship Program and access the guidelines and application, visit: www.ruiz4kids.org.