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Harold-and-Betty-Keleher-Scholarship-Fund

 

Harold and Betty Keleher were lifelong residents of the Scales Mound and Galena, Illinois area and both passionate about supporting their community and neighbors.  They were also advocates of vocational and higher education, not having them as options themselves when they were young.

This fund was established to honor their commitment to community and to help those who may have a financial need.  The fund will provide up to 2 one-time scholarships to 2 graduating students from Scales Mound or Galena High Schools each year as funds are available.  Eligibility is based on financial need, community involvement and GPA.  This is a nonprofit fund that will accept tax deductible donations.

About Harold and Betty Keleher

Harold and Betty were both born into large farming families in rural Galena, IL.  In 1946 they each attended a dance with a live big band at the then local “hot spot”, Moonlight Gardens. Betty stated the dance was when she remembered first seeing Harold, while Harold always stated he had seen Betty several times at church, and the dance was the first time he had the courage to ask her for a date. They subsequently married in April 1948, beginning their 64 years of marriage. They were lifelong farmers, farming 50+ years at the farm they owned in Council Hill Township.

Both were very active, serving in various clubs, church groups, on committees and on boards.  In addition, they were always there to volunteer to help neighbors and those in need. Both also always found time to play their favorite card game, Euchre, even if they had to adjust their farming schedule to play. They were well known by their peers and in the community in general.

They were proud of their five children, six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.  Betty died at age 82 in April 2012 and Harold at age 90 in December 2014.

Scholarship Details

Eligibility
To be eligible for these awards, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A graduating senior from either Scales Mound or Galena High School
  • Accepted to a 2 or 4 year vocational or accredited undergraduate degree program
  • Must demonstrate financial need via FAFSA Expected Family Contribution calculation
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Demonstrated community involvement

Please note, due to tax regulations, family members and relatives of Harold and Betty Keleher are ineligible for these awards.

Application Process
The following materials should be submitted:

  • Completed application form
  • Two letters of reference or recommendation from teachers, coaches, or other adults who are not immediate relatives
  • An essay (no more than 1,000 words) addressing one of the following two topics:
    • Describe an accomplishment you have been recognized for and its influence on you and your plans for the future
    • Who has been most influential in your life and why
  • Copy of your FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Page

See the application for this year’s process deadline and submission instructions.

Fund Administrators

  • Cecelia R. Keleher

Donations

CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Harold and Betty Keleher Scholarship Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
Online:
Use credit card by clicking the link below.
Donate To Fund

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

Scholarship Details

Download Scholarship Application: Word | PDF

Thank you for your interest in the John Howard Adkins Memorial Scholarship. In order to be eligible for this need-based scholarship, you must:

  1. Be graduating from high school in Spring 2017.
  2. Have averaged a minimum gpa of 3.5 during 9th – 12th grades.
  3. Be continuing your education in the academic year following high school graduation at a four year accredited university/college.
  4. Be a female planning a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) with a STEM major selected at the institution of choice.

All of the information requested on the application form is also required for eligibility. Academic achievement, personal accomplishments, financial need and response to the personal statement/essay question are all important factors in our choice of a scholarship recipient, but none of these factors alone can either guarantee or disqualify an applicant.

Scholarship Recipient Instructions (keep for your records)

Money will be awarded near the beginning of the 1st semester of the 1st year in college. If selected as a recipient of this scholarship, you will need to provide the following information to the scholarship administrators to receive your award funds. Please include the following with your application:

  1. Your name and student ID for the college where the funds are to go.
  2. University Name, Financial Aid Office contact’s Name and the address where the award money will be sent.

Scholarship recipient/s will be awarded a $1000 scholarship which may only be used for tuition, required class books, and/or approved education fees.

Please note: All scholarship funds will be sent directly to the recipient’s college account. No scholarship funds will be given directly to the student. Family members/relatives of John Howard Adkins are NOT eligible for this scholarship.

Thank you for applying and good luck to you!

Fund Administrators

  • Leigh Hunnicutt

Donations

CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Name of Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
Online:
Use credit card by clicking the link below.
Donate To Fund

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.