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THE DENISE STENBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP GRANT is offered once a year, to one student, by the Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society, in honor of the late Denise Stenberg. In keeping with her interest in and contribution to local history, this scholarship is awarded to a student who evidences a strong interest in history as a field of study.

DENISE STENBERG (1923 – 2017) was a well known and beloved member of the Fort Bragg community. She taught in local schools for over 50 years, including 35 years at Fort Bragg High School and another 15 years at College of the Redwoods. She taught primarily business classes, but was passionately involved with the preservation of local history. She was proud of her family’s local heritage, her mother having been born in the logging town of Glen Blair. In 2009, she published Glen Blair: The End of the Line, a compelling and well-researched account of the rise and fall of that small town. Denise was involved in a number of local organizations, including two directly related to local history, the Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society. She managed the Guest House Museum for the historical society for many years, and thoroughly enjoyed being a museum docent, welcoming people to our coast and explaining the local history she knew so well.

PURPOSE OF THE DENISE STENBERG SCHOLARSHIP: to carry on the legacy of Denise Stenberg and honor her love of history by providing a scholarship to assist a local student with an interest in history with educational expenses.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Mendocino Coast high school seniors or students at the coast branch of Mendocino Community College who are taking history classes or have an interest in pursuing history as an educational goal.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS: High school students must be seniors, attend school on the Mendocino Coast, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and evidence an interest in history as an academic subject. Mendocino College students must have a GPA of at least 3.0, be enrolled at least half-time and be pursuing history or a related discipline as a major or minor. Proof of enrollment in classes will be required prior to release of scholarship funds. For high school students, evidence of an interest in history (local or global) can be determined from the student’s application essay as well as supporting testimony from a school teacher or counselor. In addition, evidence of an interest in history can also be demonstrated by volunteering 10 hours with the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society, serving as a docent at the Guest House Museum in Fort Bragg, assisting with maintenance of the Society’s archives, as well as other projects.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a letter to the Scholarship Committee of the Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society (P.O. Box 71, Fort Bragg CA 95437) and include pertinent information: name, grade level, school, GPA, contact information, and a statement of any length regarding your interest in history as a subject matter. Include a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community connection. Alternately, the Historical Society will accept a direct recommendation for this scholarship from a teacher or counselor.

WHEN TO APPLY: Applications must be received by March 31st

WHEN IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED? This scholarship will be awarded at or near graduation day for your school.

HOW MUCH IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP? The award is for $500.

WHO DETERMINES WHO THE RECIPIENT WILL BE? Board members of the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society, serving on the board’s Scholarship Committee, will make the determination.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS SCHOLARSHIP? Write to FB-MCHS, P.O. Box 71, Fort Bragg, CA 95437; phone us at 707-409-4970; or email us at

DONATIONS: The Historical Society is actively soliciting donations to the Denise S. Stenberg Scholarship fund in any amounts, large or small. Direct contributions via credit or debit card may be made via the Society’s website: (Join or Donate page).

Alternately, mail donations to: Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society, P.O. Box 71, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 and specify that the donation is to go to the scholarship fund. Thank you!


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