Gerry Aust High School Scholarship Program

The Gerry Aust Rotary High School Scholarship program provides 2 student from each high school in TUSD with a $1000 scholarship to be used for higher education.

Gerry Aust passed away in 2017 and was a long term member of the Tustin Santa Ana Rotary Club and worked for 37 years in the Tustin Unified School District in 1963. Over the years, he taught at Utt and Hewes middle schools and served as assistant principal at Hewes. He went on to serve as principal of Arroyo and Veeh elementary schools, and at Columbus Tustin and Utt middle school.  For many years, Gerry managed the selection and interviews of high school scholarship candidates, and often provided additional funds himself to make sure higher education dreams could be fulfilled.

Why we have this scholarship?
Forty percent of all students in Tustin Unified School District live in poverty. Many of these students meet the requirements to attend universities; however, they struggle to pay tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and fees. These scholarships allow students to attend college who would be otherwise unable to attend. Scholarships will be distributed to all four high schools in the Tustin Unified School District.

Applications are distributed on-line during the month of March each year. Counselors at each of the high schools will be contacted during that month to help inform students of process. A selection committee of three Rotarians will review applications and interview candidates during the month of May. Awards will be presented at a regular meeting of the Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary Club on the first Thursday in June. Recipients will also be recognized at their schools’ Senior Awards Nights or graduation in June.

How to apply?  Online Scholarship Application
Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:00pm.

Tustin-Santa Ana Rotarians will contact the school to discuss the scholarship with counselors and other staff, and to arrange for a space and time to meet the applicants.

We review all applications and select those candidates who will receive an interview.

We interview candidates at school and select winners

We present the awards at a regularly scheduled club meeting.

We then make a presentation to the student at their schools’ Award Night or graduation.


The Club has provided scholarships for several years and will continue to do so into the future.

Advertising/Community Outreach:

Advertising is done through the high schools for candidates. Interact Club Members at each of the high schools also help to spread the word of scholarships’ availability. The Club features winners in our Newsletter and a press release to the Tustin News.