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The Highland Foundation Offers Annual
Scholarships to Graduating Seniors
Get rewarded for your hard work! Thanks to the generous support of several planned giving donors, The Highland Foundation offers 24 scholarships worth a total of $39,500. To learn more about the selection criteria for each scholarship, click on the APPLICATION links below.
The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship (awards up to 10)
In 2012, The Highland Foundation established a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving high school senior. The annual recipient is selected based on Projects Committee's review of an essay that best exemplifies the mission of The Highland Foundation. APPLICATION
William O. Wagar Memorial Math & Science Scholarship
This scholarship is inspired by 1983 graduate Bill Wagar, who died quickly in 2000 of cancer. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a senior majoring in math or science-related field. Criteria for this scholarship includes a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5, school / community involvement, an essay and demonstration of financial need. APPLICATION
Baker Family Leadership Scholarship
This 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 Local Schools. 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 Highland Foundation and meets the renewal criteria set forth in the scholarship application. APPLICATION
George R. Ayres Memorial Achievement Scholarships
These scholarships were created through the estate plan of long-time area resident George Ayres. The $3,000 scholarship awards are offered to college-bound Highland 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 collegiate STEM studies. APPLICATION
George R. Ayres Memorial Opportunity Scholarships
These scholarships were made possible through the estate plan of long-time area resident George Ayres. A self-made man, Mr. Ayres had a great appreciation for the opportunities extended to him during his life. The $3,000 scholarship awards are available to Highland seniors in need of an opportunity of their own in order to pursue a professional/technical program, associates degree or traditional college course of study. Applicants should have already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and should explain what inspires them to learn and how this scholarship will impact their future educational and career opportunities. APPLICATION
Mike Kudla Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the hard work, determination, kindness and generosity for which Michael John Kudla was known and is remembered. Mike was a proud 2002 honors graduate of Highland High School and The Ohio State University. An honor student and four-year letter winner at both institutions, he was known for his strength on and off the football field. From overcoming the rare illness Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in 2003 and resuming his career with Ohio State to transitioning successfully to the NFL and then succeeding as an entrepreneur, Mike credited his success to his core values and educational experiences. This $1,000 scholarship 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. APPLICATION
Alyssa & Justin Haun Memorial Scholarship
The Alyssa and Justin Haun Memorial Scholarship was established as a means to give back to the community that gave so much to the Haun family during the aftermath of their tragic deaths on July 4, 2018. Alyssa was entering her Junior Year at Highland High School with aspirations to obtain advanced degrees in Chemical Engineering. Justin had completed his 8th Grade Year at Bedford Junior High School, in Temperance, MI and was about to enter his Freshman Year at the Monroe County Middle College in Monroe with a focus on Life Sciences. He planned to become a neurosurgeon. Both had high expectations of changing the world in uniquely different ways. With their deaths, their parents have made it their mission to make sure that through Alyssa and Justin, lives can still be changed. This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a college-bound senior, pursuing a STEM course of study and who has positively impacted others. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years ($2,500 per year). APPLICATION
Victoria Mackenzie Jackson Memorial Scholarship
The Victoria Mackenzie Jackson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 by parents Dr. Glenna and Mr. Mark Jackson in memory of their daughter, Victoria and her passion for high school life and music. From choir to band to marching band to voice lessons, Victoria immersed herself in music. Sadly, in December 2009, at age 16, she lost her life in an automobile accident. Victoria was known for her fashion, music, counseling and strong faith. Her life, spirit and love for music are remembered through the annual selection of an outstanding music student to receive a $1,000 scholarship in her memory. The High School Music Faculty & Staff select the recipient of this award. The criteria is three-fold:
(1) The student must be in two curricular music groups (band/choir, choir/orchestra, band/orchestra);
(2) The student must have the highest points of those in two curricular music groups; and
(3) Instrumental Music and Vocal Directors agree that the highest point value is reflective of outstanding accomplishment and contribution.
Steven J. Bilecky Memorial Scholarship
The Steven J. Bilecky Memorial Scholarship was established by the Bilecky Family in memory of their son, Steven, a 1988 graduate of Highland High School. In addition to demonstrating high academic achievement, applicants must participate in an interview before a faculty committee. This scholarship is based on a 7th semester minimum GPA of 3.5, school and community activities, and letters of recommendation. The scholarship awards $1,500 annually. APPLICATION
Hugh & Grace Eyerdom Memorial Scholarship
The Hugh and Grace Eyerdom Memorial Scholarship was established as part of the Hugh and Grace Eyerdom Memorial Fund created by Don and Edith Simmons in loving memory of Edith's parents in 2012. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage Highland students to pursue careers that perpetuate Hugh Eyerdom's love of working with growing things. Hugh had a feel for nature. The scholarship amount is $1,000. APPLICATION
Letha E. House Scholarship
Mrs. Letha House was a life-long resident of Medina County and was very interested in horticulture, specifically flowers and gardening. She had no family and donated her estate to a series of trusts. As a result of one of her trusts being terminated, the Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence received over $30,000, to be used to endow this scholarship, which is based upon the following criteria: 75% upon academic performance and science and 25% upon an interest in pursuing a career in horticulture or a related area. The scholarship awards $1,000 annually. APPLICATION
Lalitha Chada Science Scholarship
This $2,500 scholarship award is offered to college-bound Highland seniors pursuing a science-related field of study. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit, with preference given to applicants who have had an unusual science experience or participated in an exceptional science project. APPLICATION
Former Friends of the Hinckley Library Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship award is offered through The Highland Foundation by the Former Friends of the Hinckley Library to college bound Highland seniors pursuing a degree in Information Sciences/Technology or Education. It is the hope that the scholarship recipient will go on to receive an advanced degree in library science. Applications will be reviewed broadly for related interest. Thereafter, preference may be given to students residing in Hinckley. APPLICATION
All scholarship applications can be accessed Naviance. Contact your guidance counselor if you need more information on using Naviance. Applications for select scholarships are also available through the links above. Completed applications MUST be submitted to the HHS Counseling Department by March 6.
If you are interested in establishing a memorial scholarship or exploring other planned giving options, please contact Theresa Wright, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.