Fremont Area Community Foundation recently awarded $415,305 in scholarships to local high school seniors planning to continue their educations at a variety of colleges, universities, trade schools, and job training programs.
The Community Foundation awarded more than 230 scholarships that were presented at each school’s awards assembly or program. Community Foundation staff and trustees attended the programs to announce recipients and were often joined by scholarship donors and family members of those for whom a scholarship was named.
Diane Horrisberger attended the award program in Grant, where the Horrisberger Family Scholarship was presented as well as the scholarship created by her parents, Kenneth and Pauline Bull.
“It’s always nice to see kids’ hard work come to fruition and to see them start the next chapter of their lives, especially with support from Community Foundation scholarships,” said Horrisberger, a retired Grant teacher. “You’re giving a kid a chance and an opportunity to further themselves. They can feel good knowing that someone contributed monetarily to help, but it also gives them that boost that someone believes in them and thinks they’re deserving and worthy.”
In addition to supporting students attending traditional colleges and degree programs, scholarships were awarded to students pursuing apprenticeships, certifications, and other types of job training. Multiple scholarships have been created specifically to support students pursuing areas such as technical or industrial arts careers and skilled and vocational trades.
Along with scholarships for graduating seniors, the Community Foundation awards adult student scholarships to help reduce the skills gap for working-age adults. Applications for adult student scholarships are accepted year-round. Nearly $60,000 has been awarded in adult scholarships already this year.
The online application for high school seniors is open annually from October 1 to March 1. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 231.924.5350 or visit facommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.