Improving our community’s level of education is the best way we know to decrease unemployment, improve personal health, and strengthen our families. A large number of post-secondary scholarship programs are available to residents of our community each year for all types of programs, from short-term certificates to bachelors’ degrees.

Graduating Seniors

Students, planning to graduate by June of the current year, and who attend Benton Central High School and/or live in Benton County are invited to apply for our senior scholarship programs. All parts of the online application process, including the College Cost Estimator, must be submitted by the close of each scholarship deadline.

  • The Benton Community Foundation Lilly/Ellis/Baldwin Scholarship Application offering the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, the Elizabeth Davies-Ellis Scholarship, and the Baldwin-Stembel Scholarship will be available online August 1, each year.  These scholarships are selected with an emphasis on academics and school/community involvement.
    • Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (min. GPA 3.5)
    • Elizabeth Davies-Ellis Scholarship (min. GPA 3.5)
    • Baldwin-Stembel Scholarship (min. GPA 3.5)
  • The Benton Community Foundation Community Scholarship Application, which contains over 35 Community Scholarship Programs, will be available online December 1st each year. 

Adult Students

In an effort to increase the college attainment rate in our community, Benton Community Foundation wants to help local adults pursue their educational dreams. Adult Students should complete the Benton Community Foundation Community Scholarship Application.  This scholarship will be available online December 1st each year. This funding does not support graduate studies.

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Have not yet completed a post-secondary program;
  • Have not been awarded previous scholarships through the Foundation; or
  • Face difficult circumstances in their current situation.
Apply here!

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