In an era of increasing awareness of the importance of an education beyond high school, it is hard to overstate the impact of the scholarship opportunity offered by Stark County's Paul and Carol David Foundation. This year, a record setting 381 Stark County seniors representing every public and private high school in the county applied for the four-year renewable scholarship of $5,500 per year. The Foundation set its own record by awarding 83 scholarships to students from 19 high schools - the highest of any previous year.
"We are thrilled to be able to help these terrific students selected from a very strong pool of candidates," declared Walt Stanislawski, Foundation Director and Executive Vice President. "At the same time we are concerned with the unmet need of the group to whom we were unable to give an award. In the next five years we plan to increase the
number of scholarships to 100."
Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 354 students. The David Scholarship is unusual in that the award is renewable; scholarships for upper-class students are not as common as first year awards.
The Paul and Carol David Foundation will be represented on the newly formed Stark County Council of Scholarship, Internship and Co-op providers. The Council's mission is to learn the extent of unmet financial need in the pursuit of an education beyond high school by Stark County students and to devise strategies to assist providers in raising additional funds to support scholarships, internships and co-ops. The Council was formed as part of the OhioCan! Go to College
grant awarded by the Ohio College Access Network to the Stark Education Partnership.
Go to http://davidfoundation.org
for more information about the David Scholarship.