Seniors from the class of 2017 who live in Darke County and attend a Darke County high school or are home-schooled may apply for scholarships from the Darke County Foundation (formerly HOPE Foundation). Application deadline is April 1, 2017. Students who are planning to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, or shorter vocational program are eligible to apply. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for 85 scholarships totaling about $130,000.
Students may download the application from the Darke County Foundation website, www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or see their high school guidance counselor. Awards are based on the following criteria, not necessarily in this order: grade point average, ACT score, activities, financial need, and essay. ACT score is not required if desired school does not require it. Provisional recipients will be announced at each high school’s graduation. Scholarship money will be disbursed following the student’s first semester in college, providing the student earns at least a 2.75 grade point average.
Since 1986, the Darke County Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to local students. DCF is a community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call (937) 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.