Graduate School Scholarships Available
The Frederick Rakestraw Law Scholarship
Frederick Rakestraw graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1949 which was the beginning of 53 years in the legal profession. He practiced in Akron for 5 years and in 1954 was elected Fulton County Circuit Judge where he served for 12 years. In 1966 he served on the Indiana Supreme Court. From 1967 until his retirement in 2002, he practiced law, first in Plymouth, then in Rochester Indiana.
Applicants must have been residents of Fulton County, Indiana for at least three years during their high school career, accepted into a graduate program, enrolled in any school of law in the United States and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25.
The deadline for the scholarship is July 1, 2016 for all first time applicants.
The Ginger Miller Higher Education Fund Scholarship
The Ginger Miller Higher Education Fund Scholarship fund was created to provide scholarships for qualified college graduates who are pursuing graduate or professional school degrees.
In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must be residents of Fulton County, Indiana, deserving of financial assistance, currently accepted into a graduate or professional study program, and must have graduated from college with a “B” or higher cumulative GPA.
The application deadline date is July 1, 2016.
Fulton County Community Foundation Preschool
The NICF is in the third year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.
The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.
Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.
Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.
Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.
These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.
“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.
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