Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded just over $500,000 in scholarships to graduates of Bennington High School.

Currently, the Foundation awards more than $100,000 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 $750 scholarship.

Scholarship Program Summary

Community Funded Scholarships & Foundation Merit Scholarship Program

The Foundation utilizes a customized scholarship software platform powered by Kaleidoscope. Students apply online which eliminates redundant tasks and paper applications. Our system is easy and user-friendly!

Click on the link below to go to the 2023 scholarship application:

Click here for Kaleidoscope Application Guidelines

Click here for #TeamCarrie Essink Scholarship Application

2023 Scholarships Available

Scholarship Applications for Class of 2023

The online scholarship application portal will be available December 1st- February 1st. The deadline to submit online applications is 5pm on February 1st. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Foundation’s Annual Awards Ceremony held on April 23, 2023.

Foundation Merit, Career, Bunz, and ASK Scholarships

Scholarship recipients must submit their fall class schedule to the Foundation before they receive their scholarship check. Email fall class schedule to Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours to be eligible to receive scholarship funds.

Community Funded Scholarships

Scholarship recipients must contact the local organization awarding the scholarship for payment requirements and information.

If a scholarship recipient does not claim his/her scholarship on or before January 1st of the following year, the scholarship is deemed forfeited.


Foundation Merit Platinum

$2,500 scholarship to applicants who earned a 30+ ACT & 3.95+ GPA.

Foundation Merit Gold

$2,000 scholarship to applicants who earned a 28+ ACT & 3.75+ GPA.

Foundation Merit Silver

$1,500 scholarship to applicants who earned a 27+ ACT & 3.5+ GPA.

Foundation Merit Bronze

$1,000 scholarship to applicants who earned a 25+ ACT & 3.3+ GPA

Foundation Career

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

$750 scholarship to graduating seniors who have been employed by the All Star Kids Program for at least two years and meet other criteria outlined in the employee handbook.

$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.

2022 Scholarship Recipients are:

Merit Platinum $2,500 Luke Andersen

Merit Platinum $2,500 Justin Bartels

Merit Platinum $2,500 Blake Britton

Merit Platinum $2,500 Ben Caldwell

Merit Platinum $2,500 Lukas Caldwell

Merit Platinum $2,500 Avynne Cornett

Merit Platinum   $2,500 Sarah Elftman

Merit Platinum $2,500 Maya Flynn

Merit Platinum $2,500 Ava Fuller

Merit Platinum $2,500 Abigail LaSure

Merit Platinum $2,500 Emma Marcinek

Merit Platinum $2,500 Patrick Spoehr

Merit Platinum $2,500 Braedon Stapelman 

Merit Platinum $2,500 Cole Vredeveld 

Merit Platinum $2,500 Ava Williams

Merit Gold $2,000 Karsen Backlund

Merit Gold $2,000 Adam Baessler 

Merit Gold $2,000 Prisha Basnyat

Merit Gold $2,000 Abigail Boyes

Merit Gold $2,000 Nicholas Calderon

Merit Gold $2,000 Evan Carlile

Merit Gold $2,000 Ashlyn Connaghan

Merit Gold $2,000 Cooper Diamond

Merit Gold  $2,000 Jacob Kuhl

Merit Gold $2,000 Nicholas Langford

Merit Gold $2,000 Hannah Thacker 

Merit Gold $2,000 Madison Trotter 

Merit Gold $2,000 Bailey Welch

Merit Gold $2,000 Camden Wright 

Merit Gold $2,000 Alex Wyant

Merit Silver $1,500 Jada Brown

Merit Silver $1,500 Kayla Harris

Merit Silver $1,500 Tanner in den Bosch

Merit Silver  $1,500 Gage Johnson

Merit Silver  $1,500 Lauryn Kotlarz

Merit Silver  $1,500 Garrett Limbo

Merit Silver  $1,500 Pierce Limbo

Merit Bronze $1,000 Mitchell Andersen

Merit Bronze  $1,000 Emma Broadman

Merit Bronze  $1,000 Delaney Edie

Merit Bronze  $1,000 Austin Hofts

Merit Bronze $1,000 Madeline Mayberry

Merit Bronze  $1,000 Alivia Petersen

Merit Bronze  $1,000 Nic Speckmann

Merit Bronze $1,000 Jack Thompson

Merit Bronze  $1,000 Aspen Winter

Lee & Kathy Bunz $1,500 Avynne Cornett

Foundation Career $1,000 Walker Behnken

Foundation Career $1,000 Nathan Steckler

Foundation Career $1,000 Dillon Kempkes

Foundation Career $1,000 Patrick Spoehr

ASK Employee $500 Dylan Andrews

ASK Employee $500 Blake Britton

ASK Employee $500 Evan Carlile

ASK Employee $500 Tanner in den Bosch

ASK Employee $500 Bailey Larson

ASK Employee $500 Garrett Limbo

ASK Employee $500 Karlie Post

ASK Employee $500 Ben Wilson

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.


See a full list of past Foundation scholarship recipients below!

Past Scholarship Recipients

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