Monica-Abbott---Team-USAOlympian and professional softball player, Monica Abbott established this scholarship in 2012. Monica graduated from North Salinas High School (Salinas, CA) in 2003, went to the University of Tennessee and has played Professional softball since 2007. She has claimed ‘Three’ back-to-back Japan Softball League Titles. Monica’s educational path and road to championships gave her the desire to empower other female athletes.

Not all female athletes get scholarships nor are they fortunate enough to afford a college education. - Monica

The Monica Abbott Scholarship Fund administered by the Community Foundation for Monterey County supports this annual scholarship. The scholarship may be applied to tuition, room, board, books and other necessary expenses of attendance at an accredited college or university. The Scholarship is awarded to two graduating high school female athletes. Currently, the recipients receive $1,000 each. The Fund hopes to increase this to $5,000 by 2018 and to a full-ride as funding permits. As the fund grows, recipients from Tennessee, Illinois and across the United States will be eligible. The scholarship is paid directly to the college or university the recipients are enrolled in.

I believe in ‘paying it forward’ to young female athletes and wanted to create an opportunity for them through a college education. - Monica

I would be honored if you would partner with me to grow this fund and help empower young female athletes through education. Let’s inspire the next generations of great female athletes across this country. They deserve a college education.

Let us help them “Live2BringIT,” so their dreams will come true. - Monica

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1. Applicant is a female student athlete.

2. Applicant is a graduating senior.

3. Applicant plans on attending college in the fall.

4. Applicant must demonstrate a consistent work ethic in athletics, academics and extracurricular activities.


Thalia Fernandez HererraThalia Fernandez Hererra, Monterey High School
Plans to attend CSU Long Beach and study Kinesiology
Thalia is described as an outstanding student, athlete and a member of her community. She has contributed over 150 hours of community service in such roles as a SPARC mentor, and volunteering at the Community of Monterey Thanksgiving Dinner, the Salinas Air Show and the PG&E marathon.

Additionally she completed a 60 hour internship as a Physical Therapy Aide. She was the JV and Varsity captain of the Soccer team, and was twice named Defensive Player of the Year for the Field Hockey team.

Alexandra Maria LombardiAlexandra Maria Lombardi, Gonzales High School
Plans to attend UCLA.
Alexandra is a well-rounded and active scholar-athlete. Throughout all four years at Gonzales, she held student body leadership positions, including ASB President her senior year. In her community she was an active volunteer, giving time to the Rape Crisis Center, Gonzales Rotary events, several marathons, coaching youth programs and fundraising for the Holiday of Lights.

She also excelled as a three sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was a captain in both volleyball and basketball. Her junior year she won offensive player of the year in basketball and was named 2nd team MTAL All-League in softball.