Grammar Bee


The Second Coachella Valley Grammar Bee was a 60-minute TV show produced for KCET by a group of California State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus students.

The winner received a $5,000 college scholarship.

Fern Field, Emmy-winning television producer, whose most recent credits include eight seasons of the hit USA series MONK and Artist-in-Residence at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, led a group of student production interns in creating the special, taped at the Indian Wells Theater on campus in October 2008.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors competed against each other in the show. During the course of the special, students were asked to answer questions on grammar, punctuation, usage and style in a fast-paced game show format.

GB/Jane Straus Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jane Straus was the judge and grammar guru for the first-ever anywhere Grammar Bees held at the California State University, San Bernardino Campus in Palm Desert. Two Coachella Valley Grammar Bee Specials were produced at the Palm Desert campus and telecast on KCET Desert Cities. Jane was the author of The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation and the founder of GrammarBook.com. A scholarship fund established in Jane's memory provides a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually for the next 5 years. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled for their senior year at CSUSB - Palm Desert Campus, have a 3.5 GPA, establish financial need, and be majoring in English with the intent to become teachers of English when they graduate.

If you would like to help us continue Jane's legacy by contributing to the scholarship fund, you may make a donation on-line or by check. Visit the Give to PDC page and follow the directions next to the Make a Gift Now button. If donating on-line, select the Jane Straus Scholarship from the drop down menu.

If donating by check, please put GB/Jane Straus Memorial Scholarship Fund in the "Memo" or "For" line.

Mail your check to:

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
Attn: Donations
37-500 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Donations are fully tax-deductible.