SHS Alumni Association offering new scholarships

SALEM — The Salem High School Alumni Association is offering six new named scholarships for graduating students and post-secondary students this spring.

Members of the SHS Class of 2019 and current college students who were graduates of SHS, as well as their parents, are encouraged to read the guidelines for these new scholarship opportunities on SHSAA’s website at http://www.salemohioalumni.org.

Deadline for high school scholarship applications is March 15 at the SHS guidance counselor’s office, with post-secondary scholarship applications due by March 30 mailed or dropped off to the SHSAA office at 330 E. State St. in downtown Salem.

— The newly created John R. Stratton and Carolyn Webster-Stratton Medical Student Scholarship is an award created on behalf of John R. Stratton, ’64, M.D., and his wife Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D., who contributed $100,000 to the Salem High School Alumni Association in December 2018.

This new scholarship is intended to lessen the debt load of SHS graduates who are enrolled in medical doctor (M.D.) programs. Stratton is a professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the University of Washington (U.W.) in Seattle. Webster-Stratton is a licensed child psychologist, an emeritus U.W. professor, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and creator of the Incredible Years® Series of books, manuals, DVDs and evidence-based intervention programs for parents, teachers and children that are designed to prevent and treat young children with behavior problems and to promote their social and emotional competence. Stratton asked the SHS board to give one $10,000 scholarship from the principal of the couple’s gift each year for 10 years. The first John R. Stratton and Carolyn Webster-Stratton Medical Student Scholarship will be given in May. Applicants must be SHS graduates enrolled in an accredited M.D. program in the United States.

The five other new scholarships were made possible by previously announced bequests and gifts to the association. At the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, each of the following scholarships may be awarded as $5,000 scholarships to an individual, or to multiple individuals simultaneously at smaller amounts:

Virginia E. Snyder Scholarship

This award may be presented to a Salem High School graduating senior or a SHS graduate who is currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, entering at least his or her second year, and enrolled in an English or English-related program. Examples of eligible programs include, but are not limited to, English, creative writing, American literature, English literature, rhetoric and composition, and journalism. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (college or high school). Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

In 2017, the association received $94,598.45 from the estate of Virginia E. “Jinny” Snyder, who taught physical education at the Salem Junior High School for more than two decades. In her will, she asked that the remainder of her estate be used by the association for an English scholarship. Her gift was augmented by donations from individuals and class gifts to reach the $100,000 necessary for a named scholarship.

John P. Sharp Jr.

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

This award may be presented to a SHS graduate who is currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, entering at least his or her third year, and enrolled in an entrepreneurship or entrepreneurial studies (major, minor, certificate, or master’s) program. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 college GPA. Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

In 2018, the association received a bequest of more than $450,000 from the estate of John P. Sharp and his wife, Linda Anne Frazer Sharp. Their gift provided the funding for this entrepreneurship scholarship and three other scholarships that reflect the couple’s creativity and perseverance as business owners.

John P. Sharp Jr.

Engineering Scholarship

This award may be presented to a SHS graduate currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, entering at least his or her third year, and enrolled in an engineering program leading to a bachelor’s degree or beyond. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 college GPA. Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

John P. Sharp Jr.

Outstanding Performance Scholarship

This award may be presented to a SHS graduate who is currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university, is entering at least his or her second year, and demonstrates a versatile college experience. The applicant must show a diversity of interests within multiple areas such as his or her academic program, co-curricular activities, and/or work experience. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 college GPA. Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

John P. Sharp Jr.

Scholarship of Promise

This award may be presented to a SHS graduating senior who will be enrolled either in a bachelor’s or an associate degree program at an accredited college or university or in a technical program of study at an accredited school. The applicant should have a high school GPA of up to 3.75. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to his or her future and provide examples that show strength of perseverance when faced with a difficult situation. Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

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