Chuck Harrison “PACE” Scholarship

Chucks leadership style can be exemplified by his favorite motto PACE – “Positive Attitude Changes Everything.” This simple phrase encompassed all that Chuck was about in how he approached his job, friends, relationships and life.

Chuck Harrison was a familiar face in Folsom having served the community for the Folsom Parks & Recreation Department for 22 years. Chuck worked with numerous civic groups and organizations helping to build facilities and programs that truly enriched the lives of thousands of people. Sadly, in 2017, a tragic accident cut his life short and he passed away at the young age of 57.

Chuck provided his leadership skills by developing facilities and programs that offer lifelong learning opportunities at the Steve Miklos Folsom Aquatic Center, Andy Morin Folsom Sports Complex, and the Folsom Community Center. He worked closely with community groups to honor our country’s military through the Veterans Parade, involved with youth scholarships, and worked endlessly with the STARS after-school program in partnership with the Folsom Athletic Association.

Chuck was a member of the City of Folsom Mid Management Group (FMMG). It is in his spirit that the Chuck Harrison “Keeping the PACE” Memorial Scholarship was established. With the help of the Folsom Athletic Association (FAA) and FMMG, a scholarship is awarded each year to a Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School graduating senior who best exemplifies Chuck Harrison’s qualities of positivity, caring, community service, and leadership.

Ernie Sheldon, Chuck Harrison, Steve Miklos - Folsom Athletic Association, CA
Ernie Sheldon, Chuck Harrison, Steve Miklos

Recipients for the Chuck Harrison “PACE” Scholarship are selected by the FAA scholarship committee through the interview process from the FAA sponsored applicants. It is an honor to award each recipient for being an ostensive member of the community demonstrating exemplary service and leadership with an exceptional attitude towards others while maintaining academic excellence.

Congratulations to all Folsom and Vista del Lago scholarship recipients.

Chuck Harrison “PACE” Scholarship Recipients

Folsom High School $1,000
Jessica McCloskey

Vista del Lago $1,000
Dheere Dusanapvdi

Folsom High School $1,000
Alba Joy

Vista del Lago $1,000
Mai-Thanh Nguyen

Folsom High School $1,000
Melody Gao

Vista del Lago $1,000
Charles Cao

Folsom High School $1,000
Julia Roberts

Vista del Lago $1,000
Lauren Roehrs