By Dan Davis
The clock is ticking on Jackson County high school seniors planning to file a scholarship application with the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
School has started across our communities. You’re likely feeling a bit excited and a little apprehensive. The end of high school is growing near.
If you plan attending college or trade school after graduation in the spring of 2022, the foundation reminds you the deadline to file your scholarship application is Aug. 19. Applications remain available on our website, cfjacksoncounty.org.
By the way, our donors understand a four-year college education isn’t for everyone.
Four of our scholarships aim to help graduating seniors further their education through vocational and technical education programs. These funds have been established to help area residents continue their education with the understanding that doing so doesn’t always mean attending a four-year college and earning a bachelor’s degree. They can help a graduating senior reach their occupational goal.
That means today’s students who don’t have their eyes set on earning a bachelor’s degree still should consider applying for a scholarship through the foundation.
Foundation Vice President Sue Smith, who does much of the heavy lifting on our scholarship process, can answer questions about the application.
In addition to submitting the application, students must submit two letters of recommendation. One of those may be from a teacher. The other may come from anyone who knows you well — perhaps a pastor, your employer, a supervisor where you volunteer or maybe a family friend.
The foundation’s board of directors, staff and donors behind our scholarship funds hope to raise the level of educational attainment in our community and increase awareness of the opportunities to improve the quality of life in Jackson County.
Increasing educational attainment among Jackson County residents is an important part of the foundation’s mission to help grow better tomorrows.
Concern about the education levels here was a key factor when the foundation brought together other partners from the community, such as the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce and the city of Seymour to build the Jackson County Learning Center, which now also benefits from the financial support of the Jackson County Commissioners, Jackson County Council and Seymour Redevelopment Commission.
The foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities extend beyond programs focused on college, however. They support the Jackson County Education Coalition’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program for 4-year-olds and the encouragement of workforce development in partnership with Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and others.
Some of that work includes the creation of Owl Manufacturing at Seymour High School, the Jobs for America’s Graduates program at Brownstown Central High School and pre-K programs at Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora and Seymour elementary schools.
The answer of whether you will receive a scholarship from us is a guaranteed “no” if you don’t apply.
Remember, the deadline is Aug. 19. Next week. Don’t forget.