336. Helen Betancourt Scholarship


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  • Award: Two $1,000 awards annually
  • Eligibility: Graduating senior from GPHS, HVHS, IVHS, NVHS.
  • Selection Criteria: One scholarship is to be awarded to a male, and one to a female. Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university or vocational school of their choice, demonstrate financial need and satisfy eligibility requirements stated above.
  • 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.
  • About this Scholarship: Helen Betancourt grew up in the Illinois Valley in a family that trucked logs. She cared about education and especially worked to have girls included. When she passed away in 1990, she left her savings to establish a scholarship to ensure that local students with financial need would have access to higher learning.