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Community foundation offers scholarships

December 22nd, 2016

KPC News - The Star

Auburn -

Local students have access to more than 40 scholarships for post-high school education through the Community Foundation of DeKalb County’s website at

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The website is now accepting scholarship applications.

Several Foundation scholarships are available to students who pursue two-year degrees or complete programs that award a specialty certificates.

“Our donors value all types of education that prepare students for a career,” said Wendy Oberlin, the foundation’s executive director. “We encourage students to apply.”

Eligibility for all other foundation scholarships varies widely. Some require the applicant to reside in DeKalb County or to pursue a particular career path. Others have few requirements and allow study in any field. Completing one application form and essay qualifies students for multiple scholarships, while other scholarships require a specific application form.

“Read the online instructions carefully,” advises the foundation’s scholarship manager, Diane Wilson. “If you have questions, call the foundation office at 925-0311, email or speak with your high school guidance counselor.”

Established in 1996, the Community Foundation of DeKalb County holds permanent charitable assets of $15 million, including $4 million in scholarship funds. In 2017, the foundation will award approximately $135,000 in scholarships.