Scholarship time is here

By Lenny C. Lepola -

Big Walnut High School seniors are starting to go online, scrambling for scholarship funds to help pay for next year’s trip to college.

What many of them may not know is that there’s a source of scholarship funds they can apply for by stopping at the high school guidance office; and those funds are the result of the efforts of members of their own community.

Any Big Walnut senior or Big Walnut graduate currently enrolled in a college or university is eligible to apply for one of the many scholarships administered by the Big Walnut Education Foundation.

In 1994, an anonymous gift of $20,000 in seed money was donated to establish the foundation, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization designed to enhance educational opportunities for students and graduates of the Big Walnut Local School District.

Last year the foundation reached $1.3 million in scholarships and grants awarded since 1995.

Scholarship applications are available in the Big Walnut High guidance office and should be returned there on or before the deadline; but students need to be aware – the Big Walnut Education Foundation scholarship application deadline is typically in late March or early April.

There are several other scholarship opportunities Big Walnut students might explore. Graduating high school seniors in Delaware County have until March 18 to apply for college scholarships from the Delaware County Foundation. The foundation will award more than 40 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 from its 20 scholarship funds for high school seniors.

Applications for scholarships administered by the Delaware County Foundation are available online at Scholarship recipients will be announced this spring at high school awards nights throughout the county.

In 2005, the senior fair board began sponsoring a silent auction to start a junior fair board scholarship. Last year they awarded two $1,000 scholarships. Current and previous junior fair board members who are high school seniors or college freshmen are eligible.

The junior fair board scholarship application is available at Click on “general information” and in the drop-down menu, click “junior fair.” Application forms are also available at the OSU Extension Office. All applications must be received in the fair office by 5 p.m. the last Friday in April.

If students or parents have questions about the availability of scholarship money or other forms of student aid, contact the guidance office at 740-965-2243, or log on to the school district website at Click on “Big Walnut High School” at the top of the page, and then click on “guidance.”

By Lenny C. Lepola

Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.