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  • The Scholarship Phenomena

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Each year, I have the honor and privilege of interviewing Fallbrook and Mission Vista high school seniors who apply for a college or trade school scholarship from one or more of our endowed scholarship funds. I am not alone, for there are about 15 other organizations in the region who offer scholarships and also interview applicants. Honestly, I think I’m speaking for everyone who has participated in these interviews, nothing compares to hearing first-hand about the lives and career plans of such amazing, bright, dedicated an...

  • Turning your tax situation from an ugh into a hug

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    As the often-dreaded tax season approaches, I’m going to give a gentle reminder to think about those year-end plans. Yes, those 2025 plans. I know, I can practically hear the “ugh” as you’re reading, but seriously, yes, planning now will allow people to reap tax rewards a year from now. In full disclosure, I do not have any kind of crystal ball; however, with the Federal Reserve halting its interest rate hikes, possibly making several decreases by summer, and the stock market doing a bit of a happy dance for the first t...

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