Seymour Class of 1971 scholarship applications now available

To the editor:

At the celebration of the 50th anniversary of our graduation, the Class of 1971 announced an endowed scholarship for graduates of our alma mater, Seymour High School. In May, the first scholarship will be awarded through the Greater Seymour Trust Fund.

When we graduated from high school, the cost of post-secondary education was more in line with other costs of living. Sure, the minimum wage was $1.60, but the annual tuition costs at state universities averaged $358. Today, the minimum wage is $7.25, and the cost at Indiana University is $11,446 for annual tuition alone. It is very clear that many students today need our support more than ever.

Just as the cost of education has changed, the pathways to learning have also changed dramatically. Many students choose to enroll in technical training programs, engage in apprenticeships or go to two-year community colleges, instead of pursuing four-year degrees. Recognizing that, our class decided to make our scholarship available to Seymour graduates seeking any kind of post-secondary education or training.

Applications for the scholarship are being taken through March 1. The application form can be found on the Greater Seymour Trust Fund website ( Donations to the scholarship fund are still being accepted, and information on how to donate is also available on the Trust’s website.

We hope students will apply for the scholarship and the community will support the Class of 1971’s efforts to secure a promising future for SHS graduates and their families.

Trish Whitcomb, Mark Emkes, Wendy Shadrix, Doug Richardson

Class of 1971