Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society offers three categories of statewide scholarships open to qualified AGS members. These members can only be nominated by their AGS Advisor for these scholarships and the number of nominations is limited to three per chapter (two academic nominations and one service nomination), unless the chapter is the host of an AGS Regional Conference, host or registration steward of an AGS State Convention, in which case that chapter receives an additional service nomination. These scholarships are presented annually at the AGS Convention Banquet and Awards Ceremony in the Spring.
♦ Ed Walsh Scholarship
Ed Walsh was an AGS advisor from the Allan Hancock Chapter. It was his idea to give the first scholarships to students who have given outstanding service to their colleges, their chapters, and to their local communities. When Ed died in 1970, the State Advisory Board chose to honor him by presenting these service awards in his name.
♦ Charles Bell Scholarship
Charles Bell served as an advisor to the students of Cabrillo College for over 30 years. As the secretary to the state advisory board, he worked diligently to keep chapters informed of their status. He was also the expert on the corporation’s Standing Rules and Bylaws, and was a trained parliamentarian. In 1998, the State Advisory Board chose to honor him by presenting the top service awards in his name. He passed away in 2003.
♦ Kathleen D. Loly Scholarship
Kathleen D. Loly was born in England and emigrated to the United States. She taught Spanish at Pasadena City College, and was one of the original founders of Alpha Gamma Sigma in 1926, which explains why Pasadena is the Alpha Chapter of AGS. Prior to her death in 1958, she bequeathed her estate to AGS, and these monies formed the basis of a stock portfolio from which AGS derives its ability to award scholarships each year. Under the able management of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Board of Trustees, the fund has now grown to over $500,000.00.
♦ Virginia Coffey Scholarship
For many years, the Zeta Chapter of Mt. San Antonio College was privileged to have Virginia Coffey as an advisor. Virginia was a counselor, beloved by students and faculty alike for her quick wit, storytelling, and sincere caring. During her lifetime it was her pleasure to present a scholarship to the two top Loly candidates. Today, we remember her as we continue that tradition by presenting the two scholarships in her honor.
~Combined Academic And Service Scholarships~
♦ Robert Mantovani Scholarship
Robert Mantovani was an advisor from Long Beach City College. A man of tremendous wit and charm, he worked tirelessly to ensure that AGS remained successful. He served for years on the Board of Directors, chaired the nominations committee, helping to choose new leaders and then assisted them to succeed in a myriad of ways. He served on the first AGS visitation team, traveling throughout the state to help fledgling chapters find firm footing. Sadly, he and his lovely wife were lost to us in a tragic accident. As a man who strove for excellence in so many ways, we keep him in our thoughts and honor him as we present this coveted award in his memory.
♦ Tom Jackson Scholarship
Tom Jackson was advisor at Cerritos College for over 20 years who was mentored by Robert Mantovani. Even though they were at different colleges, he worked tirelessly to establish the Robert Mantovani Scholarship after Robert’s death and personally funded it for several years after its creation. He served as President of the AGS Board of Trustees for 10 years, and President of the AGS State Advisory Board, during which time the AGS endowment fund saw record growth. In 2007, the AGS State Advisory Board chose to honor him by presenting to the top Robert Mantovani award recipient a special award in his name.