The new school year is about to begin and nearly 100 local students will embark on their post-secondary careers with the help of a scholarship from Centre Foundation.

“This community is very generous and forward-thinking,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation.  “Centre Foundation administers 118 scholarship funds that were established by community members who understand the value of education – whether that is at a four-year university or a trade school.”

In total, $221,240 was distributed through this year’s scholarships to 95 students attending 39 post-secondary schools.

“These scholarship funds are established for a variety of reasons,” noted Kunkel.  “Honoring a teacher’s legacy, memorializing a student who was lost too soon, and encouraging athletic or musical ability are just a few examples of events that have catalyzed the formation of some of the scholarships housed at Centre Foundation.”

High school seniors wishing to apply should work through their respective school districts in the spring, when the application period opens.

“Our application process is now streamlined through an online system that facilitates a more user-friendly experience,” explained Ashley Pipe, Grants & Scholarship Coordinator.  “Our office works with the school districts and scholarship fund holders to facilitate the annual scholarship process.”

AAUW and the PEO Sisterhood also hold scholarship funds for students who are pursuing their educations later in life.  To learn about these and the many other scholarships that Centre Foundation administers, please visit our website or call 814-237-6229.

If you are interested in establishing a fund of any type, Centre Foundation is happy to assist you in reaching your philanthropic goals.  More information is available on our website, or you can call our office to make an appointment.