$106,000 in scholarships available to high school seniors


Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for scholarships to help fund your child’s college education, the good news is that the Education Foundation of Alachua County will be providing about $106,000 in senior scholarships to the class of 2013.

Rachel Stimler, program director of the Education Foundation of Alachua County, said the foundation awards more than 70 college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to four-year tuition scholarships to local public high school seniors. Students can apply for multiple scholarships sponsored by local businesses, civic organizations and private donors.

New this year, Stimler said, is a more streamlined application process that uses the online STARS application system, or Scholarship Tracking and Review System.

Stimler said the application includes a questionnaire related to the student’s background, education, finances and scholastic goals. This information will then be used to match students with scholarships.

Another advantage is that students can check the status of their scholarship applications online.

The application deadline is March 1. Those seniors interested can apply at www.acpsf.org by clicking on “Programs” and then on “Senior Scholarships.” Students also can visit their school’s guidance office.

“Students can apply to as many scholarships as they’re eligible for,” said Stimler. “We recommend applying now.”

Stimler said the requirement is that students attend Alachua County public schools. Other requirements are set by the individual scholarships.

“It’s extremely crucial to give money for college,” Stimler said. “College has become more expensive and less accessible. These scholarships are crucial.”

Following is the list of the scholarships available this year to students:

- Alachua Business League Scholarship (Santa Fe High School students only): $2,000 scholarship to Santa Fe College.

- Alachua County Counseling Association Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship. Interested students must submit an essay describing how a counselor or counseling program assisted them.

- Alachua County Retired Educators Association Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for a student planning a career in teaching.

- Alachua Woman’s Club (Santa Fe High School female students only): $1,000 scholarship for Santa Fe College.

- Barbara Finlayson Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for an Eastside High School Culinary Arts Institute student. Finlayson was a former teacher and professional chef.

- Barbara Gans Gallant Memorial Scholarship (Gainesville High School students only): $1,000 scholarship for a student with a 2.5 GPA or better and who is politically involved in school. Gallant was a former GHS teacher, School Board member and community activist.

- Carol French Doughty Memorial Scholarship (GHS students only): $4,000 scholarship to Santa Fe College for a student with a demonstrated need who is pursuing a teaching career.

- Dawn M. Flanegan Memorial Scholarship (Former Hidden Oak Elementary students): Two $1,000 scholarships awarded by the Hidden Oak Elementary PTA. Flanegan served for 28 years as a kindergarten, second grade and curriculum resource teacher.

- Dorothy Williams Cooper Scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships. Cooper was a former J.J. Finley Elementary teacher.

- Douglas Tanner Service-Above-Self Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship to a senior who has demonstrated the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” through community service and activism within the community. Awarded by the Rotary Club of Greater Gainesville, special consideration will be given to students of limited means who are not receiving other scholarships.

- Dr. Dan Boyd Rotary Club of Gainesville Scholarship (GHS students only): $2,000 scholarship to Santa Fe College.

- Dr. Dan McKinnon Memorial Scholarship (Loften High School students only): $2,000 scholarship to Santa Fe College in a career/technical program. McKinnon was an educator.

- Dr. Leonard Jackson Memorial Scholarship (GHS students only): $2,000 scholarship to Santa Fe College.

- Ellen West Scholarship (Loften High School students only): $1,000 scholarship; West is a former principal at Loften.

- Enricardo L. Ferguson Memorial Scholarship: $2,000 scholarship for a male or female student diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.

- Environmental Consulting and Technology Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for aspiring engineers, environmental technicians and scientists.

- Florida A&M University Scholarship: Four $1,000 scholarships for African-American students who demonstrate financial need and plan to attend FAMU.

- Fred Silvia and Beverly Cannon Memorial Scholarship (GHS students only): $2,000 scholarship. Silvia and Cannon were Alachua County Public Schools employees.

- Gainesville Charitable Foundation Scholarship: Eight $1,000 scholarships to Santa Fe College for at least one student from each school in the district. Scholarships will be awarded by the 14th Masonic District.

- Grant Abundant Life Scholarship: $1,050 scholarship for a student who demonstrates selflessness and a relentless drive to fight for their beliefs.

- Greg Schol Cross Country/Track Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for a Buchholz High School cross-country/track team member with demonstrated leadership qualities. Schol was a former student.

- GRU Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship: $4,000 scholarship to be awarded in $1,000 increments per year for a first-generation college student aspiring to become an engineer. Selected students also will be eligible to receive a paid internship in one of GRU’s engineering divisions.

- Herman J.W. Gauggel and Evelyn H. Gauggel Scholarship: Two $3,000 need-based scholarships for students pursuing a study in scientific and related fields such as engineering.

- Joseph Domenech Memorial Scholarship: $2,500 scholarship for a member of the GHS cross-country or track team. Domenech was a former student.

- Katie’s Foundation Scholarship: Two $4,000 scholarships for Buchholz students who represent the Katie’s Foundation motto, “Dedicated to caring, sharing and making the world a brighter place.” Priority is given to students not receiving other scholarships. The award honors the memory of Katie Beth Morgan, a former student.

- Kiwanis Club of the University City Scholarship: $1,000 scholarships for Key Club students at Buchholz and Eastside who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service to the school, community and/or nation.

- Lenton and Marie Herring Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for a deserving student in honor of two educators who retired in 2007 with more than 70 years of combined service to Alachua County students. Lenton Herring served Hawthorne High School as a teacher and dean for 37 years, while Marie Herring taught math at both Hawthorne and Eastside high schools.

- Martha L. Niess Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship established by Wiles Elementary Principal Barbara Buys in honor of her mother, Martha L. Niess.

- Martha Stark Memorial Scholarship: $4,000 scholarship for a GHS band student. The field of study is not limited to music, and two letters of recommendation — not from band directors — must be included with the application. The recipient will receive $1,000 each year for a maximum of four years, if enrolled in college full time with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Stark was a former band director.

- Mary Edna Monahan Lutgen Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship established by Mary Chance, former executive director of the Education Foundation, in honor of her mother.

- Minority Teacher Education Scholarship: $11,800 maximum scholarship package for a minority student pursuing a teaching career. The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers will require the recipient to repay the total amount of the scholarship awarded by the organization if he/she does not graduate or does not teach in a Florida public school for two years.

- Mr. John Dukes Jr. Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for a deserving student in memory of John Dukes Jr., who dedicated 50 years of service to Alachua County Public Schools, serving as principal at the historic Lincoln High School, the first principal at Eastside and an assistant superintendent.

- Robert Alan Eubank Memorial Scholarship (GHS students only): $1,000 for a student who has demonstrated genuine concern for others above self and who reflect Eubank’s outlook on life, which is, to live each day to the fullest, to choose to be positive in all situations, to forgive easily and to work to improve the lives of others.

- The Education Foundation of Alachua County Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship for deserving hard-working county students.

- The Gainesville Chapter of the LINKS Scholarship: $1,050 scholarship for a high-achieving African-American student with financial need and a stated goal.

- Tommy Tomlinson Trust Scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships for students of limited financial means. Tomlinson is a former deputy superintendent for the Alachua County Public Schools.

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