Thomas Refuse Service, Inc. has made a continual effort to support the Kern River Valley through involvement in community projects and organizations.  We are honored to give back to our beautiful Kern River Valley and its people.  Additionally, TRS is an active member of, and makes various contributions to numerous valley organizations.  Many of these contributions are extended through the free use or reduced pricing of our services. Where the community is concerned, it has been TRS's philosophy to return to the community a generous portion of what has been provided to us.


As graduates of Kern Valley High School Linda and I felt the need and responsibility to give back to our alma mater and to our community, so in 1998 we established the Thomas Refuse Service scholarship. This is an outstanding achievement scholarship in the amount of $10,000.  Every year we have the pleasure of interviewing the scholarship applicants and every year we are impressed by the quality of student and their accomplishments.  Each student has their own story and individual successes and it is clear that each one will go on to greater achievements in the future.

Students applying for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be ranked in the top 10 of his/her class
  • The student must have participated in extracurricular activities, sports, FFA, clubs and/or community service projects throughout his/her high school career
  • The student must have completed the required scholarship application
  • The student must enroll in a four year college or university and maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA throughout the scholarship term.

Scholarship Winners:

2006   Brendan Dwyer      UCLA 
2007   Willie Heinze           UC Irvine 
2008   Michael Roofner
2009   Jamy Bulgarelli       Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2010   Taylor Williams


  • Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Kernville Chamber of Commerce
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • Historical Society
  • Think Local First

Received "Thanks"

  • Kern Valley Bronc's Boosters
  • Kern Valley F.F.A.
  • Kern Valley Search and Rescue - 2003
  • Boy Scouts of America - Southern Sierra Council 2002 - Century Donor
  • Kern Valley Little League - 2002 - Diamond Backs
  • Kern Valley Little League - 2002 - Red Sox
  • Kern Valley Little League - 2001 - Rays
  • St. Jude's Catholic Church - ongoing support
  • Family Life Center - Wofford Heights Foursquare Church - Love Fest 2001 - 2002
  • Kern Valley F.F.A. - 2002 Steer Project - Jennifer Conner
  • AYSO Soccer - 2002 - Stingrays 
  • Kern River Valley Youth Football and Cheer
  • Kern Valley High School ECHO Program - $250.00 Scholarship

Special Awards

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