Local organizations offer scholarship opportunities

Date Published: 
March 24, 2017

Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides a $1,000 scholarship to further a student’s interest in journalistic or creative writing. This award can be used for such educational expenses as tuition, room and board, textbooks or computer equipment, and is paid directly to the student.

Cresson was a journalist for the Cape Gazette who died in a tragic accident in 2005. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved animals and who had a deep affinity with the Native Americans who reside in Delaware.

Cresson was also a Vietnam War veteran and was known for many talents, including music and whittling. He particularly enjoyed young people, which led his friends to establish the Jim Cresson Memorial Scholarship to keep his memory alive.

Interested Sussex County high school seniors should submit an essay of 750 to 1,000 words on one of the following topics: “My outdoor/environmental experiences in Sussex County,” “What pet animals have meant to me,” “My most memorable Sussex County characters,” “What the U.S. military means to me,” or “Sussex County Native Americans.”

Guidelines are available from guidance counselors in Sussex County high schools. Entries can be submitted to the Jim Cresson Scholarship, c/o The Greater Lewes Foundation, P.O. Box 802, Lewes, DE 19958. The deadline is April 14. The winner will be notified by May 19.

The winning essay will be printed in the Cape Gazette newspaper and posted online.

Grise Scholarship applications available

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter will soon be granting a scholarship to a qualified high school graduate. Candidates must reside in the Indian River High School attendance area and demonstrate a commitment to the community through volunteerism.

Applications may be obtained from Indian River High School or Sussex Technical High School or by contacting M. Orendorf at udmomx3@mchsi.com or calling (302) 537-6558. The application deadline is April 7.

Forestry Association offers up to $4,000 in scholarships

The Delaware Forestry Association is also offering its annual $1,000 scholarship to a student who chooses forestry or a related major at a two-year or four-year accredited college or university. Applications are due by April 1, and the winner will be notified by May 1.

Students will be eligible for up to four years of undergraduate study, upon reapplying, meeting the requirements and being selected. All applicants must show financial need and academic merit. All applicants shall be in the upper 25 percent of their class in high school and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average in college, based on a 4.0 scale.

Scholarship money can be applied toward tuition, room and board, or books. The money will be sent directly to the college in which the student is enrolled.

All applicants must submit a short essay describing their personal goals and reasons they feel they are deserving of this award. Applicants may be requested for a personal interview by the scholarship committee. The successful applicant will receive his or her award on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

Application forms can be downloaded at www.delawareforest.com/scholarship. For more information, contact Sam Topper at (302) 856-2893 or sam.topper@state.de.us.

Lord Baltimore Lions offering scholarship opportunities

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club announced this week that the club will again award three $1,500 scholarships to Indian River High School seniors at the annual Awards Assembly at IRHS in May 2017.

The scholarships are being presented in memory of Ralph Helm, who was a member the Lord Baltimore Lions Club and served as district governor and a member of the Board of Directors for Lions International in 1977. The scholarships are awarded based on excellence in community service, as well as academic achievements and financial need.

Students who are graduating seniors from Indian River High School and reside within ZIP codes 19930, 19939, 19945, 19967 or 19970, served by the Lord Baltimore Lions, are being invited to apply. Scholarship applications are available at the high school guidance office, or visit www.lordbaltimorelionsclub.com to print a copy of the complete application and instructions. Applications must be returned to Ms. Purcell in the guidance office by April 10.

For more information on the scholarship awards, contact Lion Tom Roth, scholarship committee chair at tr621de@gmail.com. For more information on the Lord Baltimore Lions, visit the website at www.lordbaltimorelionsclub.com or call Lion Janet at (302) 537-5175.

AARP group offering college scholarships

The South Coastal Delaware chapter of AARP offers two college scholarships to Indian River High School students. This year marks 10 years of the local AARP chapter’s financial support to two seniors, based on their academic achievement, community and school involvement, a written essay and challenges they have faced.

For the essay, students must write about how they have benefited from high school, community and work activities and how college will prepare them to meet their life’s goals.

The deadline for submitting applications, available from the IRHS guidance counselor’s office, is Tuesday, April 25.

The local AARP chapter also provides scholarships for adult students at Delaware Technical Community College. That application process is administered by Del Tech.

The South Coastal Chapter has given $36,000 to IRHS and Del Tech students, including the $5,000 that will be awarded this year. The chapter will sponsor its 10th annual Artisans Fair on Saturday, May 27, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View to raise money for the scholarship fund.

AAUW offering scholarships to girls

The Coastal Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women recently announced a scholarship opportunity for graduating senior girls planning to attend a college or university in fall of 2017 who attend Cape Henlopen, Indian River, Milford, Sussex Academy, Sussex Central or Sussex Technical high schools.

Three scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded. Applications are available from the school counselors. In addition, the group offers the scholarship winners a follow-up with mentors, student affiliate memberships to AAUW and networking opportunities. The deadline for applications is March 30. The awards will be announced in early May.

IRHS Spirit Scholarship open to current students and alumni

Indian River High School Alumni Association will offer two scholarships in 2017, to current college students and to high school seniors. Applications for both scholarships are due by Friday, March 31.

The annual IR Pride Scholarship awards $1,000 to graduating IRHS seniors. The award will celebrate school spirit, beyond the usual academics or athletics. The IR Pride Scholarship for Current Alumni awards $500 to an Alumni Association member (register online, free of charge) at any college level, from the associate to post-doctorate student, to further their education beyond high school.

The IRHSAA scholarships aren’t about academics or financial aid, but about service as a student or alumnus of Indian River High School. Applicants will respond to the question “How have you contributed to make IR a better place?”

Requirements and applications are online at www.IRHSAlumni.com.

The nonprofit IRHSAA formed in 2012 to connect alumni, while supporting and promoting IRHS. With community support, they’ve given nearly $20,000 in scholarships in the past four years. Scholarships are funded through the community’s generosity at the annual Beef & Brew, this year being hosted on Saturday, April 8, at the Frankford fire hall. Tickets cost $35.

The Indian River High School Alumni Association meets monthly and always welcomes new members. Visit the website for more information.