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Scholarship Criteria

Qualifications and Guidelines

With the cost of post-secondary education skyrocketing, scholarships are critical for our students. The GSD Foundation administers donor-advised scholarships annually.

As of June 2022, the Girard School District Foundation provided $109,010 in scholarships to one hundred fifty-nine (159) deserving Girard High School students.

Sponsoring a scholarship acts as a way to provide grant-in-aid to a student and can be designed to have varying criteria, dollar amounts and funding cycles.

The GSDF has been grateful to so many individuals, families and businesses through the years who continue to lead in creating and sustaining sponsorships on behalf of District students.

Please see below for a complete listing of our current scholarships and learn about our past student recipients here.

STATS AT A GLANCE
  • 18
    2021-22SY SCHOLARSHIPS
  • $17,000
    GIVEN TO STUDENTS
  • $109,010
    AWARDED SINCE 2011

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Award for Outstanding Character and Integrity $500

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) or entering a US Service Branch and show proof of acceptance.
  • No minimum GPA requirement.
  • Must be actively involved in extracurricular or community activities.

    MUST PROVIDE

  • Must include at least one letter of reference from a GSD Faculty member, GSD Administrator, or a local clergy, community or business leader.
  • Essay: Who in your life exemplifies outstanding character and integrity, and why? Describe the impacts this individual has on how you live your life.
  • DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Girard School District Foundation Ambassador Scholarship $1000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • ust be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) and show proof of acceptance.
    • Must have excellent attendance of at least 95%
    • Must have no disciplinary infractions.
    • Must list involvement in community activities, if any.
    • Must be actively involved in extracurricular activities.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Include GPA and class rank and attach your transcript.
    • Essay: Summarize your qualifications.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Mina George Memorial Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.).
    • Must show proof of acceptance into a school of higher education (acceptance letter, tuition bill, etc.).

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Please attach a transcript; no minimum GPA requirement.
    • Essay: Talk about an adult who has had a positive influence on you throughout your high school career and why.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Brian P. Simkovitch Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • The family of Brian Simkovitch has established a scholarship to honor the memory of Brian who was a Girard High School graduate. The scholarship is offered through the Girard School District (GSD) Foundation. All graduating seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: What experience has impacted you the most in making your plans for the future?

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Bev Miller Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior accepted at Edinboro University (Penn West).

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Discuss why you chose Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Penn West) and what major you have chosen.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Brook Tolbert Memorial Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 pursuing a post-secondary education in a field of law enforcement.
    • Must be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) and provide proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Include GPA and copy of transcript.
    • Essay: Describe how your interest in the "natural world" has inspired your career choice and interests in post-secondary degree/program.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Joseph and Lois Legnasky Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior attending a college or university, with a major in engineering and show proof of enrollment.
    • Must have maintained a 3.0 GPA over the last three years.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Must provide a letter verifying community service which would have been completed in the last two years.
    • Essay: Why do you want to be an engineer?

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Rebecca Kuzma Widdecombe Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending some type of higher education institution.
    • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: What community service activities have you participated in that would make you a deserving recipient of this scholarship?

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Bob Dunn Memorial Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending some type of higher education institution or technical school.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: Why do you think you deserve this scholarship? Be sure to include specific instances of how you learned more effective ways of building strong academic skills and personal work habits to achieve the goal of post-secondary education.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Carol M. Nass Memorial Medical Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who declares an intention to major in a medical-type academic program in a post-secondary institution.
    • Must have lived in the Girard School District for at least the most recent 4 years and attended GHS for at least 3 years, including senior year
    • Must have attained an overall 4-year (grades 9-12) grade level of 80% or higher.
    • Must be involved in extracurricular activities in the school and community.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Why is a career in the medical field important to you and to the community?

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Donna Marasco Memorial Scholarship $1,500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Describe a development or addition to your local community that you feel would better the lives of those living there.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Girard/Lake City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior attending a post-secondary institution.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Why do you believe you should be considered for this scholarship?

    The Iszkula Family Scholarship $1,500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: What were the positive and negative aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools? How do you believe it will change the future of public education?

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The Richard G. Payne Scholarship In Memory of Isabel Foye $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior with at least a 3.0 GPA who will be attending some type of higher education institution.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Submit an essay on: Why do you think you deserve this scholarship?

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Al Waller Scholarship $2,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending Edinboro University majoring in either an art-related field or education and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Describe what has influenced you to have an interest in your chosen major.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Debby (Twichel) Mattson Memorial Scholarship Fund $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior with at least a 2.5 GPA who will be attending an accredited vocational or technical school, two-year, or four-year college or university.
    • Must volunteer for an organization or cause you believe in.
    • Must be involved in extracurricular activities, including (but not limited to): band, athletics, robotics, student government, etc.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: Outline your career aspirations, what motivated you, and how your community and family have shaped who you are.

    DEADLINE

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    All current GHS graduation-eligible Seniors are eligible to apply for any of the following scholarships providing the student meets the criteria listed. Please know that If you have any questions about the scholarships listed, you can reach out to the high school guidance counselor. All applications should be completed and submitted online. If you have any technical difficulties, please see Mrs. Robin Seneta. Scholarship availability is subject to change.


    Instructions:

    • Complete and save GSDF Scholarship Cover Sheet
    • Complete and save scholarship applications
    • Upload cover sheet, applications, and required documentation.

    Upload Scholarship Assets



    GSDF Scholarship Cover Sheet

    Complete the cover sheet once, save as a pdf and attach to each scholarship submission.

    Download Cover Sheet Form

    Establish a Scholarship

    Creating a scholarship is a great way to give back and reward hard-working students for their efforts.