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Available Scholarships


The California Color Guard Circuit wishes to honor three of our most beloved friends and mentors by offering memorial scholarships, The Harry Ariza Memorial Scholarship,  The Sandy Montana Memorial Scholarship and the Mona Schlieper Memorial scholarship.


This year we will offer up to nine 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.

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%)


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 7th 2020. No late entries will be accepted.

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.


Donations to the scholarship fund can be made to:                                                       


California Color Guard Circuit
2066 N. Capitol Ave
Suite  3011
San Jose CA 95132


Harry Ariza Memorial Scholarships


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

Sandy Montana Memorial Scholarships


For over 40 years Sandy Montana served the California Color Guard Circuit as a performer, instructor, director,  executive board member, judge, mentor and friend to all.


As a Timing and Penalty judge she would often be the first smiling face the performers would see while entering the arena.

She volunteered thousands of hours behind the scenes to prepare for shows to run trouble-free.

Mona Schlieper Memorial Scholarships


For over 20 years Mona was part of the circuit as a performer, instructor, director, and executive board member.


Many of her performers have come on to become world class performers themselves in WGI and DCI and have even become active directors themselves in the CCGC and circuits around the nation.


She also helped to modernize the circuit with the move to digital judges recordings.


Her love of pageantry was only eclipsed by her love for her family and friends.

Wayne Wengert Memorial For Most Entertaining Show


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.


This Award is presented each year at Championships to the group with the most Entertaining Show as voted on by the Executive Board.