We are excited to start receiving applications from 2021 graduates along with those graduating in 2022 from Petaluma area high schools.  Please see your counselors for application and details. 

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships are awarded to Petaluma area high schools’ graduating seniors, as well as college students continuing in these studies who are pursuing a career in automotive technology/repair/mechanics/engineering, performing arts, videography, film and media industry, computer sciences, and health & safety. The maximum number a person can be awarded this scholarship is two (2) times.


Automotive:  Includes anything related to the automotive field, from auto magazine writing to actual automotive repair/mechanics/technology and automotive design and engineering.

Performing Arts, Movie, TV or Radio, Video Industries:  This includes anything related to the movie industry, acting, producing, sound production, filming, radio, videography, etc.

Computer Sciences:  Includes anything related to the computer science industry, computer support, network technician, web development, computer software engineer, graphic artist, information systems administrator, 3D animation, etc.

Health and Safety: We are proud to offer this scholarship to those who wish to pursue careers in Law Enforcement, Firefighting, First Aide, First Responders, and any medical-related field of study.

Memorial Scholarships                               

Dear Applicant,

The Board of Directors of Cruisin’ the Boulevard, Inc. (CTB), is proud to offer our support in the pursuit of vocational education, as well a memorializing our founder Rich Poremba and our friends Henry Travers, Susan Giammattei and Don Phelps. 

Rich Poremba was one of the founding Directors of Cruisin’ the Boulevard, Inc.  He was well known in Petaluma for his work with the Petaluma Boys & Girls Club for 14 years.  Rich loved traveling, astronomy and volunteering.  He bought his first classic car, a 1971 Chevrolet El Camino, in 2009, proudly proclaiming “Now I’m a car guy!” 

Henry Travers, transportation manager for George Lucas’ film American Graffiti, was greatly respected in the motion picture industry. He managed the setup and drove cars in hundreds of movies and television commercials for over 30 years.  In 1972, at the time American Graffiti was filmed Henry was responsible for the care and transportation of the key cars used in the movie. Henry’s crowning achievement was setting up the police car destruction in the film’s most hilarious scene.

Susan Giammattei a former board member served as Secretary of Cruisin’ the Boulevard, Inc. Professionally, Susan was the first woman hired by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department as a Supervisor at the S.F. Botanical Garden.  An avid classic automobile enthusiast, her first love was her 1960 Chevy Impala which she owned for over 30 years. 

Don Phelps was one of the original Cruisin' the Boulevard, Inc board members. His self-proclaimed job as "entertainment director" helped bring acts to perform at our events.  Although Don retired as a director he maintained input in our event, joining the parking crew while his health permitted.  Don was also a Chrysler guru, specializing in Plymouths.  His favorite was his 1951 Plymouth.  Don also owned a 1950 and a hemi powered 1957 Plymouth.