David Breaux was a beloved member of the Davis, California community, known for his conversations with others about the meaning of compassion. David’s life was cut short on April 27, 2023. The founding donors, retired professors of philosophy, are committed to advancing social justice in tangible ways, including educational equity. This scholarship was established to honor David’s brilliance, curiosity, and commitment to purposeful, compassionate living.

The scholarship will be open to high school seniors and first year college students who demonstrate financial need, are graduating from Yolo County high schools, are pursuing higher education, and demonstrate an abiding commitment to social justice and compassionate service. 

Deadline: April 5, 2024

Students apply here: https://sacregcf.academicworks.com/opportunities/1471

The scholarship is a fund at the Yolo Community Foundation, which is an affiliate of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The founding donation came from a local couple, both retired professors. According to the couple, “David was such a gentle man, and his dedication to exploring the nature of compassion was inspiring. We wanted to see his curiosity, intelligence, and commitment to compassion live on.”

According to Maria Breaux, David Breaux’s sister, “David’s life mission was to spread awareness of compassion. This scholarship continues this goal, and allows a young person to help cultivate, in their own ways, a world where everyone treats each other with kindness, empathy, and unconditional love.”