BELOIT The School District of Beloit has handed out more than $6.4 million in scholarships to the Class of 2016, the most in at least five years, according to Erin Wolf, school counselor at Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS).
Although students are always eligible to obtain merit scholarships from colleges and universities, the amount of available funds from local companies and non-profit organizations in Beloit grew this year, Wolf said.
Some of the local scholarship offers came from Kerry Ingredients, Advia Credit Union, The Knights of Columbus, Zonta, Beloit Health System, Voces Latinas, Kiwanis, Vietnam Veterans and the Stateline Community Foundation (SCF).
Although the Stateline Community Foundation scholarships are open to other schools students, BMHS received nearly 80 percent of the foundation scholarships. The Stateline Community Foundation handed out a total of $178,026 in scholarships this year.
Wolf said the amount of students receiving scholarship also increased, with 70 students winning scholarships. They range from $250 to full ride scholarships.
Wolf attributed the growing number of scholarships, in part, to applications being available online unlike in the past where students had to come in and pick up forms. Using their Ipads students were able to apply to multiple scholarships with relative ease.
Wolf said some of the following students obtained full-ride scholarships, either from one donor or from a variety of scholarships: Cecilia Cardenas, a full-ride to UW-Madison from UW Madison; Drew Collins, recipient of the Collins-Clark scholarship through the Stateline Community Foundation which was full ride to a University of Wisconsin School; Zowie Fox, recipient of a $100,000 scholarship to Beloit College from Beloit College; and Noah Scharmer, recipient of several scholarships.
The following other students won close to a full-ride worth of scholarships: Bailey Thomas, Andrew Wadle and Lluvia Cardenas.