History and Background

In 1960 the Inverness Garden Club, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization,  established the Jessie Craig Memorial Fund in memory of a beloved IGC member. The first scholarship of $250 was awarded shortly thereafter.  Originally scholarships were awarded as donations were received. In early 1987, as a result of generous gifts from two longtime West Marin families, a permanent scholarship fund was established. In April 2016 the Committee awarded 66 scholarships to new scholars and continuing scholars. The total awarded was $410,000.

The IGC Scholarship Committee has created a comprehensive scholarship program whose purpose is to make college affordable for academically deserving, motivated students in coastal West Marin.  It is the hope that its scholars can attend college and graduate without a heavy debt burden. The Committee members consider applicants’ achievements in academic work, involvement in both school and community activities, and work experience. These awards are need-based. Scholarships typically range from $2,000 to $10,000 per year.

Our primary source of funding is donations to the IGC Scholarship Fund (IGCSF) which are distributed each year. Another source of funds is our carefully managed portfolio of investments allowing the committee to determine awards according to the ebb and flow of the market in the current year. The Committee also receives donations for named scholarships with a minimum amount of $5,000 per year. Additionally, there are individual endowments and lifetime gifts. 

Funds are solicited through an appeals letter and the Committee works individually with donors on larger current and lifetime gifts. Visit the donate page on this website to make a contribution now.  For more information contact the Committee Chair, Linda Lustig at 415-663-8636 or via email at llustig45@gmail.com.