Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded just over $400,000 in scholarships to graduates of Bennington High School.
Currently, the Foundation awards more than $45,000 in scholarships annually and that number continues to grow. Bennington seniors planning to attend both two-year and four-year colleges are eligible to receive Foundation scholarships and are recognized for merit-based accomplishments including grade point average and ACT score. Students meeting certain requirements who work for the All Star Kids Program are also eligible to receive a $500 scholarship.
Foundation Merit Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel academically (by earning the criteria listed below): Students must submit a completed application to be eligible for a merit scholarship.
Foundation Merit Platinum
$2,000 scholarships to applicants who earned a 30+ ACT & 3.95+ GPA.
Foundation Merit Gold
$1,500 scholarships to applicants who earned a 28+ ACT & 3.75+ GPA.
Foundation Merit Silver
$1,000 scholarships to applicants who earned a 27+ ACT & 3.5+ GPA.
Foundation Merit Bronze
$500 scholarships to applicants who earned a 25+ ACT & 3.3+ GPA
Up to four $1,000 scholarships awarded to students attending a technical, two-year, or vocational post-secondary institution who exhibit good character and strong work ethic.
Lee & Kathy Bunz Endowed Scholarship
One $1,500 scholarship awarded to a high school senior student who exhibits strong character, while excelling in academics and activities that have a positive impact on the community.
ASK Employee Scholarship
$500 scholarship to graduating seniors who have been employed by the All Star Kids Program for at least one year and meet other criteria outlined in the employee handbook.
2020 Scholarship Recipients are:
Foundation Platinum $2,000 Grace Tetschner
Foundation Platinum $2,000 Claire Thompson
Foundation Platinum $2,000 Connor Utech
Foundation Platinum $2,000 Michael Webb
Foundation Gold $1,500 Makenna Anderson
Foundation Gold $1,500 Ariana Bryant
Foundation Gold $1,500 James Coddington
Foundation Gold $1,500 Kyler Essink
Foundation Gold $1,500 Jordan Hill
Foundation Gold $1,500 Kathryn Keatts
Foundation Gold $1,500 Anna Law
Foundation Gold $1,500 Mackenna Petersen
Foundation Gold $1,500 Ayden Ridder-Koch
Foundation Gold $1,500 Makenna Anderson
Foundation Gold $1,500 Sophie Ryan
Foundation Gold $1,500 Hunter Shanks
Foundation Gold $1,500 Cean Swinney
Foundation Gold $1,500 Hannah Tilton
Foundation Gold $1,500 Whitney Wullenwaber
Bunz Family Scholarship $1,500 Grace Tetschner
Girl Scout Troop 42626 $500 Sidney Jacobs
Foundation Merit Silver $1,000 Caitlin Birk
Foundation Merit Silver $1,000 Malique Boyd
Foundation Merit Silver $1,000 Sean Christensen
Foundation Merit Silver $1,000 Samantha Sample
Foundation Merit Silver $1,000 Eric Tomjack
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Andrew Breckenridge
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Hunter Duffek
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Courtney Mertens
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Jace Miller
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Isabella Ponce
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Miley Prine
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Jaden Reinoehl
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Haley Saltzman
Foundation Merit Bronze $500 Brett Tomjack
Foundation Career $1,000 Matthew Coe
Foundation Career $1,000 Cody Flynn
Foundation Career $1,000 Annabelle Hall
Foundation Career $1,000 Wyatt Knutson-Smith
Foundation Career $1,000 Colby Puck
All-Star Kids Employee $500 Caitlin Birk
All-Star Kids Employee $500 Laurin Miller
The scholarship application can be obtained from Ryan Rischling, Bennington High School guidance counselor beginning January 1st each year or on the Foundation website between January 1st and March 1st. Completed scholarship applications must be submitted to Ryan Rischling on or before March 1st.
To establish a scholarship or make a contribution to the Scholarship Program please contact Executive Director, Regina Meradith at (402) 490-5269 or click here to make a secure online donation today.