New scholarship for students who are first in their family to seek post-secondary education

| February 22, 2016

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The Solanco Education Foundation has created a new “first-generation” post-secondary scholarship for Solanco seniors. The Solanco Futures Scholarship will provide valuable financial assistance for students whose parents or guardians did not attend college or trade school. Students planning to attend a 4-year college or university, 2-year community or junior college, or vocational-trade school are eligible for the $1,000 Solanco Futures Scholarship. It will be disbursed during the second semester of first-year enrollment. Recipients who achieve a GPA of 2.5 or higher during their first year of post-secondary education may qualify for a second-year $1,000 scholarship to be disbursed during the second semester of their second year.

Futures Scholarship applications are available on the Solanco Education Foundation webpage, and in the Solanco High School Guidance Office (call Nancy Roland at 786-2151, ext. 8160). Applications must be completed and returned to the guidance office by April 1, 2016. The Solanco Education Foundation will review scholarship applications and determine scholarship recipients, who will be announced during Senior Awards Night at Solanco High School. For more information, call the Solanco Education Foundation at 786-5617.

“This valuable new scholarship opportunity was made possible through the generous support of our community for the Solanco Education Foundation during the Extraordinary Give last fall,” Solanco Education Foundation President Susan Broomell said.  “The Solanco Education Foundation will also be providing half of the annual support for the district’s participation in the National College Advising Corp program which will provide Solanco High School with a college and career counselor who will assist 11th and 12th grade students and their parents in developing plans that will better enable students to fulfill their future aspirations.” Broomell said these two important initiatives – additional guidance and a new targeted scholarship – will be important tools to help our high school students and families.

Each year, the Solanco Education Foundation also awards $1,000 scholarships to six to 10 students who will continue their education beyond high school. Scholarship criteria include average or better class standing and scholastic ability, good character, leadership and moral standards, and involvement in school or community activities. Applications are available in the high school guidance office.

During the past 12 years, the non-profit 501 (c) 3 Solanco Education Foundation has provided $300,000 in funding for student scholarships, teacher grants and educational programs. That includes $100,000 in scholarships to students that have enabled their families to help offset the rising costs of college. Through its Academic Venture Grant program and its participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, the foundation has funded innovative and important educational programs in Solanco including science probeware at the high school, Countdown to Kindergarten and others that have provided enhanced educational opportunities for thousands of Solanco students.

Each year, the Solanco Education Foundation also awards $1,000 scholarships to six to 10 students who will continue their education beyond high school. Scholarship criteria include average or better class standing and scholastic ability, good character, leadership and moral standards, and involvement in school or community activities. Applications are available in the high school guidance office.

During the past 12 years, the non-profit 501 (c) 3 Solanco Education Foundation has provided $300,000 in funding for student scholarships, teacher grants and educational programs. That includes $100,000 in scholarships to students that have enabled their families to help offset the rising costs of college. Through its Academic Venture Grant program and its participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, the foundation has funded innovative and important educational programs in Solanco including science probeware at the high school, Countdown to Kindergarten and others that have provided enhanced educational opportunities for thousands of Solanco students.

Mission Statement: The mission of the non-profit Solanco Education Foundation is to inspire greater academic achievement in the Solanco School District by working with the community to generate funding which provides students and teachers with innovative, exciting and creative educational programs and opportunities.

Solanco Education Foundation:
President:  Susan Broomell
Treasurer:  Terry Becker
Secretary:  Kathy Eberly
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Bill Coble
Cindy Coble
Joanne Diedrich
Julie Duvall
Cathy Kaschak
Steve Mitchell
Bill Musser
Brenda Roark
Sandy Tucker (non-voting member)
Keith Kaufman – Executive Director (non-voting member)

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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