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Santa Rosa Junior College re-institutes Doyle Scholarships

El Molino High School senior Jake Petersen wants to study vineyard management and fire science at Santa Rosa Junior College next fall, but how to pay for it is a piece of the puzzle he hasn't completely figured out.

His calculations are getting easier with the return of the Doyle Scholarship, the award that for six decades helped nearly 120,000 students pay for their stints at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The venerable program was suspended in 2008 when Santa Rosa-based Exchange Bank was crippled in the national financial crisis and stopped paying dividends, the engine that had funded the scholarships since 1948.

"It's perfect for me, one less thing to worry about," Petersen said of the news that he qualifies for the relaunched program. "It will definitely put a big dent in the expenses for books and whatnot, so it will definitely help."

While the news of the Doyle's return is being hailed as a sign of a recovering economy and a boon for scores of incoming college students, the scholarship is a shadow of its former self.

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