This school year, The Highland Foundation is offering 24 scholarship awards in the amount of $39,500. In addition to the scholarships offered each year, such as the William O. Wagar Memorial Math & Science Scholarship, the Steven J. Bilecky Memorial Scholarship, and the Hugh & Grace Eyerdom Memorial Scholarship among others, The Foundation has introduced several new opportunities for students to apply to this year.
The Mike Kudla Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, shall be awarded to a college-bound Highland student who is passionate in their life goals, has the qualities needed to persevere through life’s obstacles and is determined to make a difference by helping others in the community. This scholarship was presented last year, but this is the first year students can apply.
The Baker Family Leadership Scholarship was established by Donald and Carol Baker as a renewable scholarship for a college-bound Highland senior in the top 10% of his/her class who has demonstrated exceptional academic and social leadership traits at school and/or in the community while a student at Highland. The initial scholarship amount is $1,000, with the renewable amount of $1,000 annually for up to three years, provided the recipient remains in contact with The Foundation and meets the renewal criteria.
Four scholarships were also created by the George R. Ayres bequest.
George R. Ayres Memorial Achievement Scholarships (2 available), are in the amount of $3,000 and will be awarded to college-bound seniors in the top 20% of their class who have demonstrated high achievement in their scholastic activities, have a record of performance in activities both in school and in the community, and who plan to pursue STEM studies.
George R. Ayres Memorial Opportunity Scholarships (2 available), are in the amount of $3,000 and will be awarded to seniors pursuing a professional/technical program, associate degree, or other college course of study who are in need.
According to Theresa Wright, Executive Director, this year also marks the first time in Foundation history that a renewable scholarship has been offered to a Highland student. Cecilia Mainzer (left), a 2019 graduate, who is currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron, is eligible for a renewal scholarship to be used during her sophomore year through the Alyssa & Justin Haun Memorial Scholarship. This annual $5,000 scholarship is presented to a senior pursuing a STEM course of study and who has positively impacted others. It is renewable for up to three years at $2,500 per year.
Deadline for Highland seniors to apply is March 6. Awards announced on May 21. To learn more about the full list of scholarships offered, visit www.highlandfoundation.org.