Applications Available for Taylor Scholarship Program
By David Keeler
Applications for the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship Program are now available in the WVHS Guidance Department. To be eligible, applicants must be seniors at the Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university or an accredited vocational-technical institute.
Completed applications must be submitted to the WVHS Guidance Office by Dec. 15, 2011.
The Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship Program awards up to five $3,000 scholarships annually. Non-Vocational scholarships are renewable up to three years or until an undergraduate degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Vocational awards are renewable for one year or until a certificate or associate degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
The scholarship program, which is sponsored by the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation, authorizes distribution of up to $15,000 annually for new awards, however, with renewals an annual allocation of $48,000 would be typical as the scholarship program matures.
Wyalusing Valley High School Guidance Director Jeff LaFrance said the Taylor Family Scholarship is the largest locally funded scholarship available to WVHS students.
The scholarships will be privately awarded in April and made public at the annual WVHS Awards Ceremony in May.
The five scholarships will be available annually to:
— two qualified applicants who plan to pursue a course of study in a vocational or technical field leading to a certificate or associate degree. Preference will be given to courses of study leading to jobs in infrastructure and support services for businesses, for example, HVAC, auto repair, LPN, dental hygienist and x-ray technician;
— a qualified applicant planning to pursue a course of study in math or the sciences at an accredited four-year college or university;
— a qualified applicant, who has a GPA of 90 percent or below, demonstrates strong leadership skills and who plans to attend a four-year college or university, and
— a qualified applicant with a high overall ranking who plans to attend a four-year college or university.
The awards are not to exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies and are for undergraduate study only.
Scholarship recipients who wish to renew their awards must maintain a 2.5 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent) and remain in good standing with the institution and the community. Recipients of the vocational-technical award and the award for the study of math and sciences, who change schools or majors, may forfeit their awards.
Applications for the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship Program are administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America. Scholarship America is a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the private sector in expanding educational opportunities and encouraging educational achievement.
Scholarship recipients are selected by Scholarship America on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal. Financial need will not be considered.
The Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation was established in 2000 by Ken and Caroline Taylor.
Ken is a Wyalusing native, a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School and was President/CEO of the Taylor Companies until their sale to Cargill in 2002.
Caroline Taylor is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Wyalusing Area School District.
Both Ken and Caroline have long been community leaders with a particular interest in education. In establishing this scholarship program, Kenneth and Caroline Taylor, as trustees of the Foundation, hope to enable talented students of the Wyalusing Area School District to “achieve their dreams by having their abilities recognized and developed.”
For more information on the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship, contact the Wyalusing Valley High School Guidance Office.