Scholarship Grants

Concilio attends every high school senior awards night to give multiple scholarships. Concilio serves numerous schools in Yolo County: Woodland HS, Pioneer HS, Cache Creek Continuation HS, Davis HS, Da Vinci Charter School, King HS, Esparto HS, Winters HS, River City HS, Yolo HS and Delta HS. Concilio also provides scholarships to college students attending Woodland Community College and UC Davis.

They also give scholarships to the Balet Folklorico Latino de Woodland, and to other organizations that support scholarships.

Assistance to the Neediest in Yolo County

Programs that help this segment of the population include: CommuniCare Health Centers, Elderly Nutrition Program, Yolo Food Bank, Empower Yolo (The Center for Families) Davis Community Meals, STEAC, Mexican Open, Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN), National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations,Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference, UFW, National Council de la Raza and others.

Press Releases

Yolo County Concilio 32nd Anniversary Dinner


The Yolo County Concilio awarded 14 students with scholarships for academic excellence and school community service. The Concilio also awarded nine county individuals for Community Service Recognition Awards.


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Yolo County Concilio 30th Anniversary Dinner


On Saturday night at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, the Yolo County Concilio celebrated its 30th anniversary giving out awards to community members and leaders and scholarships to 14 local area high school students.

(Please note due to a scheduling conflict, Delta High School Students were not at the event to receive their award).

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30th Annual Concilio of Yolo County awards scholarships, honors those making a difference

The Woodland Community Center gymnasium was transformed into a dining hall Saturday night, bringing nearly 500 people together to recognize student achievement and county leadership.

In what has become a hallmark of supporting multi-cultural collaboration, the 30th Annual Concilio Recognition Dinner and Dance featured praise for 10 adults and scholarships for 14 high-achieving students from seven county high schools.

For three decades, Concilio of Yolo County has worked to provide assistance to low-income local residents — a mission culminating in the Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance and Scholarship Fundraiser.

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30th Annual Concilio of Yolo County honors community leaders, raises scholarship funds


The Concilio of Yolo County holds its 30th annual Recognition Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 25, and the event is moving to a new and more spacious location: the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland.

"It's a beautiful building, just a few years old," said Rick Gonzales Jr., who volunteers hundreds of hours organizing this annual event. "The kitchen still feels new … our caterers are ecstatic. And it's got more room that we've ever had before."

Which is a good thing, because the annual Concilio dinner now draws more than 400 people — a veritable cross-section of Yolo County's movers and shakers. What began as a dinner/fundraiser primarily targeting the Latino community has gradually expanded into a larger event that includes participants from African-American, Asian and Anglo backgrounds.

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Concilio also supports the Migrant Summer Soccer league. These games are played during July and August. Teams have coaches, uniforms and are co-educational. Those migrant centers are located in Davis, Dixon, Madison and Winters. Additonal teams are in Woodland and Knights Landing. This league culminates with a final tournament that is played at the Rick Gonzales Sr. Park in Woodland each year. The Migrant Summer Soccer League is operated and supported by the following organizations: Yolo Housing, the Yolo Inter-Faith Immigration Network (YIIN), the Yolo Family Resources Center (YFRC), the Health Education Council and the Concilio of Yolo County.

29th Annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance & Scholarship Fundraiser


Saturday, October 19, 2013 marked the 29th annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance & Scholarship Fundraiser where the proceeds from the event go to scholarships to help provide assistance to low-income local residents go to college.

Those being recognized this year include: Landy Black and G Richard Yamagata with the Board of Directors Award; Bob Ekstrom of the Yolo Family Resource Center and Marge Lee of CommuniCare Health Centers with the Community Award; Marlene Bell of CTA and Sandra Olszewski, a teacher at Woodland High School with the Education Award; owners Richard Cruz and Ismael Resendiz of Master Tech of Woodland with the Business Award; Norma Alcala with the PilarAndrade Award and Carlos Alcala with the Rick Gonzales Sr. Award.
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27th Annual Concilio Award 14 Students with Scholarships
Written by David Greenwald

Saturday marked the 27th annual Yolo County Concilio Recognition Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser. On this evening, 10 members of the community were awarded for their work and 14 Latino Students from seven high schools across Yolo County received a scholarship.

The proceeds from the event on Saturday night will go toward awarding scholarships to deserving Latino and other students in June. Two years ago they awarded eighty scholarships. They also fund 30 adult grants and non-profit program sponsorships in Yolo County.

The event was hosted by Viviana Paez, the Mistress of the Ceremony, the News Anchor from Univision 19.
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Our President

Rick Gonzales, Jr., President

I grew up in Woodland, California graduating from Woodland schools before joining the US Army in 1964. I was stationed in Germany before serving one year in Vietnam. Upon discharge from the military, I enrolled at Sacramento City College earning an AA degree and then transferred to California State University, Sacramento, graduating with a BA and Secondary Teaching Credential. My entire career was in education, teaching at Sacramento High School and coaching men's and women's soccer. In 1974, the men's team was ranked number one and invited to the California State Soccer Championships in La Jolla, California. During the twenty years that I coached soccer, we sent fifty students to CSU, Sacramento for playing soccer at Sac High.

In 1993 I enrolled at CSU, Sacramento and earned an Administrative Credential. Upon completion of my Master's degree, I became a Vice Principal at Luther Burbank High School. Just prior to my retirement, I taught Elementary PE in several schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District. In 2008, I retired after thirty-six years of teaching. I am married to Erlinda Gonzales and we live in Davis. We have four children and five grandchildren. All of our children and grandchildren attended or are currently attending Davis schools. Our oldest granddaughter, Rosalie Martinez, is currently a teacher in Elk Grove.

In 1995, I joined the Concilio and was appointed to the Board of Directors where I was later voted vice president and then president. My father Rick Gonzales, Sr., a co-founder of the Concilio, mentored me until his death in 2004. This collaboration and the commitment of Concilio members and Board of Directors has led to its present day success. The scholarship program which began with two scholarships in 1998 has grown to 817 scholarships and adult grants over the past eighteen years. At the annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance held in October, we honor two students from each comprehensive high school in Yolo County. We also honor adults who have made a positive contribution to their respective community. This event, which is also the Concilio's largest scholarship fundraiser is held in October at the Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616 (next to Davis High School). Concilio awards more scholarships than any other organization in Yolo County. Our goal is to award 1,000 scholarships by 2018.

Currently, I serve on the Board of the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County, the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN), the Davis Democratic Club, the Progressive Business Exchange, the Davis Odd Fellows and LCAP Advisory Committee within the Davis Joint Unified School District. My main focus is on the Concilio where we help the greatest number of people. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization that has a positive effect on the people of Yolo County. ¡Que viva El Concilio!


Grantee Testimonials

Ana Rivera

I am extremely grateful and honored to have received this scholarship.