Scholarship awards increase this year
Donors of the Richland County Foundation are passionate about education. It represents about 60% of all grants.
This year was no exception as the Foundation awarded $441,415 in scholarships to 324 students. The average scholarship amount was $1,362 this year compared to $1,038 in 2014.
Of the scholarships awarded, $210,000 went to 145 freshmen, $78,250 went to 63 sophomores, $73,574 went to 59 juniors and $79,591 went to 57 seniors. Eighty five of the scholarship recipients are enrolled for classes at area colleges.
Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and specific criteria established by the donor. New applicants and high school seniors must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA); returning applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, attend an accredited college or university on a full-time basis and be a resident, high school graduate or student in Richland County.
To make a donation to an existing scholarship fund click the donate to a fund tab.
PHOTO: Katherine Gerhart, Jennifer Wicker and Jennifer Jordan received Women's Fund scholarships. The criteria for a Women's Fund scholarship includes: female, non-traditional and /or upperclassmen.