334. Ernest & Madge Bearss Memorial Scholarship


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  • Award: Three $1,000 awards annually, renewable up to four years totaling $4,000 per award
  • Eligibility: Graduating senior from Grants Pass High School
  • Selection Criteria: Participation in co-curricular activities and good citizenship. Must attend a 4-year Oregon state funded university such as: PSU, OSU, UO, SOU, OIT, EOU, WOU or affiliate OHSU.
  • Use of Funds: Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the recipients’ college or university for payment of tuition and fees. Award may also be used for books and needed school supplies upon presentation of receipts to JCEF for reimbursement.
  • Renewal Details: Submit an annual renewal request to JCEF,  and include a copy of your unofficial college transcript.  Include your name, university of attendance, its mailing address, your student ID number and personal contact information.
  • About the Scholarship: Ernest Bearss graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1931 and was honored in the school’s Centennial Hall of Fame that recognized noteworthy alumni of the school’s first 100 years. He was honored due to his distinguished military career that spanned 30 years. Bearss fought in World War II with the rank of major and lieutenant colonel. He married Madge Mitchell in 1987 more than a year after this first wife, Vala, died. Madge was born and raised in Ashland. She spent most of her career as a second-grade teacher and retired in 1983 after 46 years of teaching. Ernest died in November, 2009 and Madge died in 2011. With no children, the Bearss left their estate to 10 separate charities including JCEF. The Foundation received the Bearss gift to set up a scholarship for GPHS graduates who plan to further their education by attending an Oregon public university.