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What exactly is a scholarship?

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020

The Huntington County Community Foundation is known throughout the county as being the place where students can get scholarships, but not everyone knows exactly what a scholarship is, or how they work, or even know where they come from.

Simply put, a scholarship is a grant or payment made to help support a student’s education. However, one must apply in order to be considered in the running. Those on the receiving end of a scholarship are awarded based on their academic merit or other specified achievements.

For those applying, the application process, although not difficult, does take some time and some serious thought, especially when answering the essay questions. Applicants also have the option of saving their work to return and finish later. Once the deadline has passed and all applications have been received, a committee reviews and determines which applicants will be awarded. The good news is, there is no shortage of college funding opportunities at the Huntington County Community Foundation. They facilitate over sixty scholarships for students residing in Huntington County.

So, where do scholarships come from? First, it is important to know that a lot of passion and emotion, (including grief), goes into the process. In many cases, scholarships are created by those who have a passion for something, such as the arts or athletics. For example, a philanthropic doctor or community-minded attorney may wish to create a scholarship in order to help students pursue like careers. There are also memorial scholarships, created to commemorate the loss of a loved one. A scholarship of this kind is not only established to assist students achieve a higher education; it allows their loved one’s legacy to live on.

People wishing to establish a scholarship work with the Foundation to identify the qualification criteria, as well as establish the initial funds of which the scholarship awards are derived. Although there are many motivations behind the creation of scholarships, the common denominator is the benefactors’ desire to help students achieve a promising future.

For more information or questions, contact the HCCF office by calling (260) 356-8878, or send an email to Matt Ditzler at matt@hutingtonccf.org, or Jo Ellen Bradley at jo@huntingtonccf.org. Students interested in receiving a scholarship may apply online by going to www.huntingtonccf.org/hccf-scholarship-applicaiton/. The deadline is March 18.