Community Foundation announces scholarship grant applications

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The Community Foundation of Switzerland County has announced that the application form for 18 different scholarships is now available.

There is one general application form for the scholarships administered through the foundation. To make things as simple as possible, students fill out the application form once, copy it and check one box per copy for the scholarships that the application is to be considered for. Along with each application is a booklet that describes each scholarship and gives a few hints on writing an essay.

Scholarship applications are available at the Switzerland County High School guidance counselor’s office; and at the Community Foundation office at 317 Ferry Street.

People who wish to assure that the higher educational attainment of Switzerland County residents continues to improve created the following scholarships through the endowment program with the Community Foundation.

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Baatz, Borgman, Hastings Scholarship: Lauretta Borgman created this scholarship in honor and memory her family. Applicants must be a graduate of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. An essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

Bernice Hart Demaree Memorial Scholarship: Mr. Harold Demaree created this scholarship in memory of his wife, Bernice Hart Demaree, who died on April 28th, 1968. Mrs. Demaree had been a teacher in the Switzerland County schools for 42 years prior to her death.

Applicants must be a graduate of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. They must be in the upper half of their graduating class after seven semesters, and have good attendance, An essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

This is a one year scholarship the must be reapplied for annually, Recipients are eligible to reapply each of the following year of college and shall be given preferential treatment for subsequent scholarships as long as his or her performance is satisfactory and need still exists.

Newell Fox/Mickey Lamson Scholarship: Mr. Newell Fox created this scholarship in memory of Mickey Lamson, his best friend for 25 years. Mr. Fox wished to give back to a community and school that gave them both so much.
Applicants must be a graduate of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. The applicants must have a grade point average between 2.5 and 3.5, and an essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

Pete Furnish Scholarship: This scholarship is a non-traditional scholarship. Pete Furnish created this scholarship with an award he received from Wal-Mart for his contributions to this community. His hope is to help those that are not eligible for traditional scholarships. This scholarship is to be awarded to individuals that have decided to continue their education, This includes: graduating seniors; those already in college or technical/vocational school; and those who have been out of high school and wish to return to a higher education.

Applicants must be a resident of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to or attending a technical or trade school; have a grade point average of between 2.5 and 3.5. An essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

Robert E. and Betty J. Hardin Hanover College Scholarship: This scholarship is for anyone who wishes to attend Hanover College and who has graduated from a Switzerland County High School, completed a least one semester at the high school during their senior year and has attended four (4) full years of school in the Switzerland County school system regardless of year of graduation.

The donor of the scholarship recognizes that life style and career changes render additional education desirable or necessary. The purpose of this fund is not only to assist current or recent high school graduates, but also assist students who for some reason have postponed education beyond high school. Recipients are eligible to reapply each of the following years of college and shall be given preferential treatment for subsequent scholarship so long as his/her performance is satisfactory and need still exists.

Requirements are that the applicant have completed at least 4 full years in a Switzerland County school; be a graduate of Switzerland County High School and one full semester of their senior year. Does not have to be recent graduate. The applicant will attend Hanover College; display financial need; and write a required essay. This is a one year scholarship and must be reapplied for annually.

Guy Harris Memorial Scholarship: The Patriot Alumni created this scholarship in memory of Guy Harris, who put so much of his life into the Patriot High School.

Applicants must be a descendant of a Patriot High School graduate. An acceptable grade point average and an essay are required. Applicants must be attending a college or university in the continental United States. Deadline for this scholarship is May 15th and applications may be given directly to the Community Foundation.

Please indicate who the relative is that attended Patriot High School and what years they attended on the application form.

Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home Scholarship: The Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home Scholarship was created in memory of Nelson Haskell, Ray Morrison and the families who have been served by Rodney and Roger Nay. The scholarships are presented to a young lady and young man who are high school seniors graduating from Switzerland County High School. Applicants must be a graduating senior of Switzerland County High School and attend a college or university in the continental United States. An essay is required.

Pete Hollitt Memorial Scholarship: Sandy Hollitt created this scholarship with the memorials from her husband’s funeral. Pete and she had talked about one day creating a scholarship to help the students that Pete so loved.

Applicants must be a graduating senior at Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. The applicants must have a grade point average between 2.5 and 4.0; display financial need; and an essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

O.H. and Helen McNary Memorial Scholarship: Doris Ann Onken and her brother, James McNary, created this scholarship in memory of their mother and father. O.H. McNary was a 1922 Purdue graduate and served as Switzerland County Agricultural Extension Agent from 1937 until his untimely death in 1959.

Helen McNary Hammond was a poet and a writer, and was a frequent contributor to the Vevay Reveille-Enterprise before her recent death. She was a local postal clerk and belonged to the Eggleston Club and Tri Kappa. Both were active in Switzerland Baptist Church.

Applicants must be a graduating senior of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. They must have participated in the 4-H program or plan to enter the field of agriculture, and the applicant must have a grade point average above 3.0. An essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

North Bend Farms/Cinergy Scholarship: Created by North Bend Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Brammer, and Cinergy to help further the education of Switzerland County students who have participated in the Switzerland County 4-H program.

Applicants must be a graduating senior at Switzerland County High School and have completed at least five years in the 4-H program. The applicant must be preparing to attend a college or university in Indiana, either a four year college or university or a two year college or trade/technical school. Students receiving full scholarships at the time of the award are not eligible; and one student will continue to receive this scholarship each year until they have completed either a two or four year program of their choice as long as a 2.5 grade point average or above is maintained.
Half of the scholarship will be awarded each year during the first term; with the other half being awarded during the second term. Students will be required to submit their grades and tuition bill to the community foundation before receiving the following term’s scholarship payment.

Applicants for this scholarship will only be accepted every two or four years, depending on the current recipient’s choice of program.
David Reynolds Memorial Scholarship: Oscar and Kathy Reynolds created this scholarship in memory of their son, David, who passed away on January 16th, 2002. He had been planning to further his education before his untimely death.

The criteria for this scholarship is that an applicant must be a Switzerland County resident; plan to attend a vocational, technical, college or university in the continental United States, and is in need of financial help. An essay is required as part of the application process.

Jeanette Orem Parvis Scholarship: Mrs. Parvis taught vocational home economics at Vevay High School from 1933 to 1937. She created this scholarship with the hope of encouraging others to continue their education in the field now known as consumer and family sciences.

Applicants must be a graduating senior at Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in a four year program in the field of consumer and family sciences. The applicants must be in the upper one-third of their class; and recipients are eligible to reapply each year for the following years of college and shall be given preferential treatment for subsequent scholarships so long as his or her performance is satisfactory and need still exists.

Applicants must be planning on attending college in Indiana; and an essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

Lawrence and Garnett Pickett Memorial Scholarship: Garnett Pickett was a resident of Switzerland County all of her life. She was very interested in the young people of Switzerland County and wanted to help further the education of students living in this county. This scholarship was established by her, prior to her death, for that purpose.

Applicants must be a graduating senior of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. The applicants must be a Christian and be active in church, and extra points will be given if the applicant is a member of Fredonia Baptist Church. Students receiving full scholarships at the time of the award will not be eligible, and an essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

Roy D. Works, Matt and Ethel M. Scudder Scholarship: Lauretta Borgman created this scholarship in honor and memory of her family.

Applicants must be a graduate of Switzerland County High School and be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States. An essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: The Switzerland County Chamber of Commerce created this scholarship for a person who wants to further their education and then live and work in Switzerland County.

Applicants must be a graduate of Switzerland County High School and be wishing to live and work in Switzerland County. The applicant must be wishing to continue their education or be in the process of changing careers that new training is required for. Winners of the scholarship don’t need to attend school full time, and must be planning on attending a vocational/technical, college, or university in the continental United States. Applicants must show financial need; and an essay is required as part of the scholarship application.
Switzerland County Elementary School PTO Scholarship: The Switzerland County Elementary School PTO board created this scholarship to help students that have attended Switzerland County Elementary School to further their education after high school.

Applicants must have attended Switzerland County Elementary School for at least one year; attain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher while in high school; and wish to attend a vocational/technical, college, or university in the continental United States. An essay is required.

Chad Valentine Memorial Scholarship: Chad was a 1991 graduate. His interests were science and music. He had been accepted to Purdue University. Chad was tragically killed on graduation night in an auto accident. Chad’s parents and sister, Barry, Cheryl and Kelly created this scholarship in his memory.
Applicants must be a graduating senior of Switzerland County High School and will be attending Purdue University. They must have a grade point average up to 3.5 and it is intended for those receiving few other awards. Students receiving full scholarships at the time of the award are not eligible. No essay is required.

Scott Welch Memorial Scholarship: Cindy Welch created this scholarship in memory of her husband, Scott. Scott Welch was very involved with the Switzerland County FFA program, which Scott’s grandfather started. This scholarship is a way to insure that Scott Welch will continue to encourage young FFA members to continue on with their education.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from Switzerland County High School this year; must have attended Switzerland County High School for at least one full school year; must have participated in an FFA program for at least three years; have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher; wish to attend a vocational, technical, college, or university in the continental United States; have financial need; and are capable of attaining higher education. An essay is required.

Buck White Memorial Scholarship: Buck White was the #1 Pacer fan. From riding the team bus to helping the cheerleaders, in his 20+ years as the number one fan he did it all through the good and not so good years.
Jamie Hayes and family continue to provide funding to assure that this scholarship continues and the Buck is forever in the hearts of county residents.

Applicants must be a graduating senior of Switzerland County High School and be a member of the boy’s or girls’ basketball teams or a member of the cheerleading squad and participated during his or her senior year. Applicants must be preparing to attend a college or university in the continental United States, and must show financial need. An essay is required as part of the scholarship application.

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If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please contact Pam Acton at the Community Foundation at 812-427-9160.
The Community Foundation of Switzerland County’s mission is to assist donors to build an enduring source of charitable assets to benefit the Switzerland County community. Anyone interested in adding to or creating a new endowment is encouraged to contact the Foundation. All gifts to the Community Foundation are tax deductible to the maximum allowable extent.