The Norwin School District Community Foundation will offer students a total of $35,000 in college scholarships this spring.
Since the foundation's inception in 2007, it has provided 31 scholarships totaling more than $47,000.
This spring, the foundation hopes to give an additional 20 scholarships totaling approximately $35,000, according to foundation treasurer John Wilson.
Most of the funding this spring comes from the Thomas J. and Gladys Sowash Stoker Scholarship. This year, there will be five Stoker scholarships available, each worth $6,000. To be eligible, a student must be an Irwin resident, must have a specified minimum quality point average and must have a record of service to school and community. Applications are due March 30.
Another available scholarship is the $2,000 David J. Nelson Scholarship. Eligible applicants must have a specified minimum grade point average, love of athletics, broad interests through commitment to music, art or community, and genuine acceptance of peers regardless of background. Applications are due April 4.
Other foundation scholarships of lesser amounts include:
• Carol Terbot Memorial Scholarship for students in Future Business Leaders of America or the Distributive Education Clubs of America with good attendance.
• Elynor Mae Bruce Sutter Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing various music majors.
• Frank Benevento Memorial Scholarship for students attending Pitt or Penn State University involved in community activities.
• Frank S. Keough Memorial Scholarship for students involved in community activities.
• Pastarini Memorial Scholarship for students who excel and plan to major in music, history or education.
• Roy J. Martin Memorial Scholarship for students who excel in leadership, academics, and football or women's basketball who plan to major in education.
To raise funds, the foundation and the Norwin Council of PTAs will be host to the first Miniature Golf Outing for families at Kerber's Miniature Golf, Guffey Road, May 12.
The foundation also plans to begin the second year of offering its Educator Innovations Grant program for teachers.
The 2011-2012 school year is the first year in which these projects are up and running, and they are benefiting 525 students at Hillcrest Intermediate and Hahntown Elementary schools.
Norwin teachers get information in the coming weeks on how to apply for grants for next school year.
Information about all of these programs is available at www.norwinsd.org/foundation.