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Proteus, Inc. Announces 2015-2016 Academic Scholarships

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January 13, 2015


VISALIA, CA- Proteus, Inc. is thrilled to announce that applications are now being accepted for its Standard and William M. Maguy Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year! Twenty-five Standard Scholarships in the amount of $500 and one William M. Maguy Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to deserving students. 

We have given hundreds of scholarships since starting the Proteus Scholarship Fund in the 1990’s. It has been an honor to help invest in so many students that have proven to make a difference in their communities,” states Desiree Landeros, Scholarship Committee Chair.

The Standard Scholarship is open to new or continuing students enrolled in at least 12 semester units during the fall 2015 semester. Students must be of low-income status and have, or have parents/guardian have received services from a Proteus program within the past two years. Qualified applicants can be enrolled in a two or four year college, or an accredited post-secondary institute. 

The William M. Maguy Scholarship is open to full-time students who have completed at least two years at a university or community college. This scholarship will be given to a person who exemplifies the larger-than-life quality of our former CEO, William (Bill) Maguy. Mr. Maguy focused on empowering and serving people. The person qualified for this scholarship will be one seeking a career in a field that provides a needed service to members of their community. This could include social services, law enforcement, nursing, liberal arts, political science, communications, or any other related field. 

Those interested in applying should have a 3.0 or higher GPA and demonstrate their community involvement in organizations that serve others. All applicants must live in Kern, Kings, Fresno, or Tulare County. If attending college out of the area, a parent must reside in one of the four counties mentioned above.

Awards for this competitive scholarship program will be based on the application packet. Proteus applications can be obtained at any Proteus, Inc. office or can be downloaded online at Deadline to apply for the Standard Scholarship is April 3, 2015. Deadline to apply for the William M. Maguy Scholarship is April 30, 2015.

Proteus, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization with over 47 years of experience serving farmworkers and other low-income residents in the Central Valley counties of Fresno, Kings, Kern, Tulare and Los Angeles. Some of the programs Proteus, Inc. offers include adult basic and vocational education, job training, employment-related services, family self-sufficiency, gang prevention, childcare, and other human services programs aimed to help individuals and families. Proteus, Inc. is also a California Award of Performance Excellence (CAPE) award winner. 

For more information, call Desiree Landeros at (559) 471-4550 or visit

Proteus, Inc. is now accepting applications for the following scholarships for the 2015-2016 Academic year:


Deadline to Apply:  April 3, 2015


Deadline to Apply:  April 30, 2015

Valley Business Bank donates $1,000 to Proteus's Foster Family Agency


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December 24, 2014


Valley Business Bank donates $1,000 to provide holiday cheer to the children and families of the Proteus Foster Family Agency


FRESNO, CA-  The Proteus Foster Family Agency hosted its annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 23, for the children and families of the agency. The party took place at Coney Island in Fresno. Approximately 80 participants attended. The event included lunch, play tokens, and gifts for the children.

Generous donations from local businesses like Valley Business Bank, who donated $1,000 to the Foster Family Agency, allowed the agency to provide an experience that many of these children have never enjoyed. “The party provided a needed distraction from the stresses of life for these children, even if for a short three hours,” states Gurpreet Brar, Director of the Foster Family Agency. “This is a great opportunity for the children to bond with their foster families and for the agency to acknowledge the foster parents who are giving the gift that even Santa cannot provide- a home.”  

“Receiving the call that we were receiving a $1,000 donation from Valley Business Bank could not have come at a better time for Proteus’s Foster Family Agency. Special activities such as the annual holiday party, and other excursions for the children, are primarily funded through donations. Valley Business Bank is highly regarded in the banking industry, and this donation is a wonderful example of giving back to the community,” states Mike McCann, Proteus CEO.

The Proteus Foster Family Agency, a private, nonprofit, state-licensed foster family agency has provided stable, temporary out-of-home care to children since 1997. The agency certifies foster homes, matches children with foster families, and ensures all necessary support is given to the children, their foster parents, and their families. The agency also provides extensive training to foster parents to thoroughly equip caring individuals with the tools necessary to positively impact the lives of foster children.

Foster parents of the Proteus Foster Family Agency must be 21 years of age or older, can be married or single, work full-time, or stay at home. All foster parents must meet state licensing requirements to become certified. Excellent tax-exempt monetary compensation and medical coverage are provided to meet the needs of the child and family. All it takes is a compassionate heart, and a willingness to impact our community for the better.

For more information about how you can become a foster parent, call the agency at (559) 499-2535 or visit the Foster Family Agency page at

Contact: Jeana Brooks

TEL: (559) 735-3670

FAX: (559) 735-3677 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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