Art & Culture

Martha Metzger Scholarship available

Students from Anzar, San Benito and San Andreas high schools are eligible
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A $500 scholarship is being made available in memory of Martha Metzger, a lover of fine arts, an accomplished singer, songwriter and photographer. 

The Martha Metzger Scholarship is for a student from one of the San Benito County high schools; Anzar, San Benito High or San Andreas.

All students in San Benito County will have an equal opportunity for this scholarship and they need at least a C grade average or above to apply.

The important requirement is that students have recommendations that support their talent and a plan to pursue it.

Interested students may get an application for this scholarship at their school office and must have it completed and returned to the office by Friday, March 10. All high schools in the county have been provided the applications.

Applications will be reviewed in the week of the March 13 and then a first and second (back-up) selection will be made the week of March 27. The Community Foundation for San Benito County has agreed to handle the transfer of the funds once that student has enrolled in a continuing program.

Seniors in San Benito schools who are going on to a post secondary school, (does not have to be a  four-year college) vocational school or music academy, etc. are eligible. 

Just out of high school, Metzger sang and performed with her band, “Martha Hill and The In Sounds,” (using her maiden name). In 1968, she entertained thousands of troops in Vietnam and Thailand in the first USO tour to follow Bob Hope into the war zone. Metzger sang professionally with numerous bands, performing all over the western United States. She eventually settled in San Benito County and continued performing and enjoying music until her death in May 2016.


Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.