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The California Color Guard Circuit wishes to honor two of our most beloved friends and mentors by offering  memorial scholarships, The Harry Ariza Memorial Scholarship and The Wayne Wengert  Memorial Scholarship. This year we will offer up to six scholarships. Up to two of these scholarships may be awarded to continuing college students who have not been awarded these scholarships in the past and the remaining scholarships will be awarded to deserving high school seniors planning on going to any post secondary educational institution.



The Harry Ariza Memorial Scholarship

Harry was the director and creative force behind the Sparks Color Guard, one of the early powerhouses of the CCGC. He went on to become a CCGC and WGI judge. He served for many years as the judge's coordinator for the CCGC. He, along with his wife Dee were instrumental in shaping the CCGC into the Circuit of Champions.

More important, Harry was a good friend and a positive role model to us all. 

The Wayne Wengert Memorial Scholarship

Wayne Wengert was a wonderful friend of the pageantry world and a great supporter of CCGC. Wayne was circuit president for many years and represented us well. He was the first West Regional Director and brought WGI competitions to the west coast. He created the first (and best) tabulation program for the winterguard activity. Wayne single-handedly brought technology to the winterguard activity. He never lost his great sense of humor.

With Wayne, it was always about the performers. Directors, instructors, boosters and audience members were important but the young people of the circuit were always #1 with him.


How to Apply

Each CCGC unit may nominate two competing members for this scholarship. 

Each applicant needs to supply;

  • Completed scholarship application (see link below)
  • Official Transcripts from the first seven (7) semesters of high school (for high school seniors) or Official Transcripts for all college work to date (for continuing college students) (30%)
  • Two letters of recommendation (30%)
  • A 3 - 4 paragraph essay by the applicant on "Why I want/need this scholarship" (40%)


A Scholarship Committee has been formed consisting of Judges, Instructors, Directors, Circuit Officers or others active in the winter color guard/winter percussion activity. All applications shall be reviewed and the recipients announced at the CCGC Championships on March 29.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made to:

                                             5647 Oakmont Circle
                                             Livermore, CA 94551

Click here to download and print the scholarship application