Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library will award four $1,500 scholarships to local graduating high school seniors this year. Applications must include a maximum 500-word essay about how library experiences have influenced the student’s education, reasons and plans for pursing higher education in 2017, and describing special interests and extracurricular activities. The application must also contain two letters of recommendation from non-family members, a copy of a public library card, proof of residence in either 92024 or 92007 zip codes, proof of current high school registration, and a copy of the current high school ID. Applications are available at the library, on the library website, and at high school counselors’ offices; they must be mailed or hand-delivered to the library by May 1. Top candidates will be notified by May 29 and scholarships will be presented on June 3.

For more than 10 years, the Friends have provided scholarships to students from Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia, and Olivenhain. For more information contact Scholarship Chair Jenny Paschall at or at 760-815-5602 or visit