From the Star--Local students have access to more than 40 scholarships for post-secondary education through the Community Foundation of DeKalb County.
The deadline to apply is March 10, 2014, for most of the awards.
This year, the foundation will award two new college scholarships to local students:
* The Rex Feller Memorial Scholarship is available to 2014 graduates of DeKalb and Eastside high schools who will pursue either a two-year or four-year degree. The fund was created by Mr. Feller's family with an outpouring of more than 100 memorial gifts after Mr. Feller died in 2013 at age 52.
* the JaBraun Knox Scholarship is available to 2014 DeKalb High School graduates who are involved in high school sports, maintain a "B" average, and plan to pursue a four-year degree. the fund was created through gifts from community members to memorialize U.S. Army Sgt. Knox, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.
The new awards bring the total community foundation scholarships available to more than 40 awards. Eligibility for the awards varies widely. Some require the applicant to reside in DeKalb County or to pursue a particular carer path. Others have few requirements and allow study in any field. Completing one application form and essay qualifies students for multiple scholarships, while some scholarships require a specific application form.
"Read the online instructions carefully," cautioned the foundation's scholarship manager, Diane Wilson. "If you have questions call the foundation office at 925-0311 or speak with your high school guidance counselor."
The foundation's scholarships are primarily available to 2014 graduates of area high schools. A small number of awards are available to current college students and nontraditional college students. A nontraditional student is beginning a college career in a year other than the year in which he or she graduated from high school or is returning to college after a break in continuous enrollment.
Up to 10 of the scholarships are available to students who pursue a two-year degree or participate in a program that awards a specialty certificate.
"Our donors value all types of education that prepare students for a career," said Wendy Oberlin, the foundation's executive director. "We receive few applications from students in two-year and certificate programs and encourage more students to apply."
Established in 1996, the Community Foundation of DeKalb County holds permanent charitable assets of $13.4 million, including $4 million in scholarship funds. In 2013 the foundation awarded 42 scholarships totaling $11,650 and 205 grants totaling over $500,000.
For more information, visit the website dekalbfoundation.org.