Money is available to better your education. The Muskingum County Community Foundation has thousands of scholarship dollars to give away this year.
April first is the deadline for 11 scholarship applications. Both high school seniors and students already enrolled in college can apply. Director of educational services at the Community Foundation, Heather Sands, said the scholarships aren’t just for the 4.0 students.
“Some of [the scholarships] have like 2.5 GPA requirement, so if you’re concerned, maybe you’re grades aren’t high enough to apply, there are some scholarships that are out there that only require an A,B or C average,” Sands said. “So it’s not necessarily a scholarship for the 4.0 or the high ACT score students.”
Sands knows that the scholarship process can sometimes be overwhelming. She said that’s why the Community Foundation has extended hours through Wednesday. Workers will be available between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to work with students on their applications.
“They have to make sure that they are prepared to write their essays,” Sands said. “They’re not very difficult, the essays are actually pretty simple. You just have to make sure you put your heart and sole into completing those essays. So that way when the committee reads those essays, you’re prepared to give them all 110 percent of yourself into that application.”
Over $60,000 worth of scholarships will be given out at schools’ spring awards ceremonies. The following scholarships are available. To learn more about them you can visit www.MCCF.org
2015 Traci Lynne Reed Memorial Scholarship: John Glenn High School students only
2015 Celine Wyatt Memorial Scholarship: Senior girls who play or have played softball
The Pamela Smith Jackson Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to one Waterford High School student and one West Muskingum High School Student
The Tome Johnson Scholarship: Muskingum County student athletes playing golf, bowling or softball
The Bucci-Dietz Art Scholarship: Students pursuing a degree in visual arts
The Ashley Cordial Memorial Scholarship: West Muskingum students only
The Grant Hickman Memorial Scholarship: Muskingum County, Morgan High School, Sheridan High School and Cambridge High School students only
The Carolyn Ann Weiner Scholarships
The Muskingum County Democrat Club Scholarship in Memory of Brenda A. Anderson: Muskingum County students
The Josephine Sebach Scholarships: Muskingum County High School graduates
The Margaret Carol Barringer Scholarship: Philo High School students only
The Beckwith Farm Scholarship: Philo High School students majoring in nursing or education