Scholarship applications open

SIDNEY — The 2021 Community Foundation of Shelby County scholarship applications are now open at The online applications are the gateway to 60 local scholarship funds awarding nearly $300,000.

Some scholarships provide a one-time award, while others are renewable.

“High school seniors, current college students and adults returning to school may qualify for one or more scholarships,” said Juli Smith, Community Foundation scholarships and grants administrator. “In addition to scholarships for those pursuing an Associates or Bachelors degree, we are again offering several scholarships for students enrolling in trade or technical schools. Shelby County residents have created these scholarships to help a wide range of students better afford an education.”

Some scholarships are for students graduating from a defined high school and others are county wide. Certain scholarships are for students with a specific major or who meet other qualifying factors. The General Scholarship Application has deadlines for high school senior awards on February 11 and for current college students on June 3. The Skills Scholarships application deadline is March 11.

“We encourage students to work through the online form as soon as possible. They will need to supply information and recommendation letters,” noted Smith. “The online applications can be started and then completed in future sessions, but incomplete applications will be rejected if not finished by the deadline.”

The Community Foundation of Shelby County website also features application instruction guides and other resources for students bound for college and trade schools. For information, contact the office at 937-497-7800 or