BCEF to award $31,500 in scholarships to BHS grads

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(Batesville, IN) – The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is now accepting applications for its four scholarships that benefit Batesville High School (BHS) graduates, announced BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.

In total, $31,500 will be awarded by the nonprofit partner to the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC).

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2024 from the Ron Raver Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Applicants must be BHS graduating students in the top 15% of their class and have participated in basketball, cross country, or track.

In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have the following qualities and characteristics that Coach Raver displayed: actively involved in school, church, and community, and have proven determination and perseverance.

One graduate will be awarded the $2,500 Bobbie Brandes Memorial Scholarship.

BHS graduates in the top 15% of the class qualify for the Brandes Scholarship.

Special consideration will be given to those applicants who meet any of the following criteria: are first-generation college-bound; have demonstrated leadership in school organizations or sports teams; are pursuing a career in education, or have demonstrated civic and community engagement.

In addition to the Raver and Brandes scholarships, the Mary C. Horstman Scholarship will again be awarded by BCEF.

As in previous years, the Horstman scholarship is available to any BHS graduate pursuing any type of additional education, including trade school. Horstman applicants who have a connection to agriculture or are pursuing a trade will receive special consideration but are not guaranteed selection. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

“The last of our four scholarships, our largest, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship, and it will remain at five $5,000 recipients this year,” Wilson noted. “We are committed to helping students reduce college costs and will continue to award substantial scholarships from that fund as long as our investments allow us that opportunity.”

The Fritsch scholarship requires applicants to be in the top 15% of the BHS Class of 2024.

The BCEF common application, instructions, and details regarding all of the scholarships may be found on the organization’s website at http://batesvilleeducationfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/.

Scholarship applications are due to the foundation no later than 4 p.m. on March 1. Questions may be directed to Wilson at [email protected].