YMCA accepting applications for scholarships


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SIDNEY — The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is now accepting applications for the 2017 Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship and the Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship. Application packets have been mailed to all area high schools and are also available at the local YMCA and on the website: www.sidney-ymca.org. YMCA members will receive additional consideration in determination of the winner, but YMCA membership is not a requirement for either scholarship.

The Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 by family and friends to honor the memory of this fine young man who lost his life in a tragic accident the summer before his senior year of high school.

This is a $12,000 scholarship, payable over four years, and students must establish proof of satisfactory progress to renew each year. It is the wish of the Schauer family that this scholarship be awarded to a college-bound high school senior for whom the award will truly make a difference. For that reason, the award is intended to reach those students who may not qualify for other scholarships. “Average” students who are involved in their community and in school activities, who are leaders and display character traits like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, but whose GPA may eliminate them from consideration for other scholarships will be given extra consideration.

The Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship, in collaboration with generous benefactors, was established in 2011 in memory of Jim Lantz. Jim was a sophomore at Sidney High School. Tragically, he died in an automobile accident in November of 1986. He would have graduated in June 1989.

This scholarship is a one year nonrenewable $1000 scholarship established in his memory. Applicants must be a college bound high school senior and a Shelby County resident. The minimum GPA for qualification is 2.5, and after qualification GPA is not a factor.

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to community service as a volunteer, with additional credit for volunteer services at the YMCA. Need will also be a factor in determining the winner. Applicants must also demonstrate leadership qualities and exemplify Christian values.

For complete details on these scholarships, visit the YMCA’s website (www.sidney-ymca.org). Applications for both scholarships are also available at the YMCA.

The deadline to apply for both scholarships is April 7, 2017. All applications should be returned no later than April 7 to the YMCA, 300 E. Parkwood St., Sidney, Ohio. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and finalists will be invited to the Y for an interview. Questions may be directed to Pam Fultz at 937-492-9134 or pfultz@sidney-ymca.org.

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