February, 2017


Once again, excitement builds as we work on preparations for the 6th Annual Hero’s Event, “Building for the Future”, Friday, April 21, 2017.  We have a new venue and are pleased to announce that the gala will be held at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa.

The Vista Education Foundation and Vista Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring “Heros of Vista”, to recognize some very special individuals in our community.  Our 2017 Lifetime Achievement award winner is Kathy Brombacher.  Kathy was the Founding Producing Artistic Director of Moonlight Stage Productions, leading the Vista theater’s advancement for 32 years.  She began the Moonlight’s Youth Theater program in 1985.  While an employee of the City of Vista, she was recognized by California Women in Government, Soroptimists Int’l of Oceanside, San Diego Theater Critics Circle and numerous other well-deserved recognitions.  Prior to finding the Moonlight Stage Productions, she was a theater and music educator in the Vista Unified School District.  She has been called — and is — a leader and catalyst for the growth of theatrical arts in North County.

This is the Vista Education Foundation’s primary fund raiser of the year.  Do you have an item, gift certificate or vacation rental that might be included as one of our auction items?  OR are you interested in being a table sponsor and joining us for the evening?  Individual tickets are $125 and table sponsorships are $1250.  As in previous years, all donations will be acknowledged and you will receive a letter from the VEF as your donation is tax deductible (84-1647372).

The money received from the donated auction items will go towards scholarships for graduating seniors or our music, art, technology or internship grants.

In advance, we thank you for your consideration and generosity for this year’s gala!  Please come join us for this inspirational evening honoring Vista’s Heroes.  Please call us if you have questions.

Click on the following image for tickets to get and print a PDF copy of the event registration:
2017 Scholarship Program

Qualifying college students should CLICK HERE because they now have the chance to win a $2000 scholarship for covering college expenses for describing their personal experience either watching someone they love battle cancer or living with the disease themselves. This financial assistance package is being offered with the hope that it will help one worthy student to achieve his or her college goals.

Who can apply?

Any college student who has fought against and lived with any kind of cancer, including mesothelioma, is eligible to apply. In addition, students who have had a close friend or family member struggle against cancer can apply.

Applications are currently being accepted for the incoming fall semester; the deadline is August 15, 2017. Each fall semester, one student will receive $2000 for college expenses.

In addition, students who wish to apply will need to be enrolled at a graduate degree program on a full-time basis, junior college, community college, a two year college or a four year college. The student must be at school in the United States and be in good academic standing at their school with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

What to include in the application

The primary part of the application will be an essay between 500 and 800 words. In the essay, the student will describe their personal experience dealing with this disease, including mesothelioma. The student is encouraged to tell their unique story, relate how the disease has changed their life and discuss how this encounter shaped their goals and their future.

In addition, the student is asked to discuss why the $2000 is important to them. The student will need to include their name, phone number, email address and the name of the university that they attend or plan to attend. Official documentation that will be required includes an academic transcript that shows good academic standing, an official letter that proves full time enrollment at one of the institutions listed above, a summary of any volunteer work, awards or honors and two letters of recommendation that explain why the student deserves the scholarship.


The Vista Education Foundation is proud to support graduating seniors of Vista Unified School District. Each year the VEF awards over $10,000 to students from Vista High School, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Mission Vista High School, Alta Vista High School, Major General Murray High School, Vista Visions Academy, and Guajome Park Academy. Each school determines their criteria for awarding the student scholarships. These criteria may include financial need, academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities and college and career goals. Awards ceremonies are held at each school site in the months of May and June. A representative from the VEF attends each ceremony to present the monetary award. Providing financial assistance to students who have accomplished the goal of graduation is a privilege for the Vista Education Foundation members.



Vista Education Foundation and Vista Grange #609 Sign Agreements to Fund Scholarships!

To read more, click on the press release below: