Scholarships and Awards 2017

Students at Yellow Springs High School are eligible for scholarships granted by the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. These scholarships are listed individually below, along with the maximum award amount and criteria.  These Scholarships accept donations, please consider donating today.


The Guidance Office at Yellow Springs High School (Dave Smith, ) has specific application information on each of these scholarships.


The 2017 deadline for returning any of the completed scholarship applications to the Guidance Office is Friday, April 14 2017. Recipients of these scholarships will be announced at the Awards and Scholarship Assembly, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Yellow Springs High School Gymnasium.



Edwin K. Foos Endowment Science Scholarship ($4,000 total, possible multiple awards)

Applicants must plan to further their education in the science field.  This can include engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, teaching in the math/science and various environmental areas.  Follow these steps to apply: 1. Write an essay describing your educational goals.  2.  List school and community involvement.  3.  Tell how this scholarship will help you attend the college of your choice.  Many factors are taken into consideration in awarding this scholarship.


L. Shelbert Smith Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) (application form required)

This $2,000 scholarship award will be given to a Yellow Springs High School student who desires to pursue a career in science or math. Dr. Smith was a Yellow Springs resident and professor of chemistry at Central State University who gave many hours of his time helping teach and tutor Yellow Springs High School students in math and science.


G.E.M. (“Go the Extra Mile”) Award ($1000) (application form required)

This award is for a Yellow Springs senior who is or has been on an IEP (Individualized Education Program) during their school experience.  The student must be attending an accredited two- or four-year college or university.


John T. McConville Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Awarded to a graduating senior who plans to complete a program of study at a certified college, technical, or vocational school. Applicant should write a letter describing any extracurricular activities and/or community involvement beyond that required as part of their normal school curriculum.  Applicant must include a description of their proposed area of study and why they feel they qualify for the award.  Applicant is also required to submit two letters of recommendation, one from a member of the school staff and one from a community member.


James A. McKee Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) (application form required)

The James A. McKee Scholarship was established in 2001 by the James A. McKee Group in honor of the first African American police chief of a predominantly white community.  This year’s award will be $1,000 to a graduate of YSHS with a GPA over 2.5, who has demonstrated leadership, community service, definite career goals and is highly motivated to succeed.  Minorities, women, and students with unusual economic need are strongly encouraged to apply.  Application forms can be obtained from the Guidance Office or any member of the James A. McKee Group.  Applicants will need to complete the form, write a short essay, and obtain two recommendation letters.

Leadership Spirit Scholarship – 50th class reunion scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship was created by the YSHS 50th Class Reunion Scholarship Committee for a deserving YSHS senior who has financial need and demonstrates the qualities that we believe will make the world a better place for future generations. The recipient will have given selflessly with uplifting spirit and compassion for the benefit of others in any of the following venues: the classroom, playing field, theatre, band, school clubs and/or the greater community. To be considered, the student should have a 3.0 GPA; write an essay (500 words or less) explaining what their most uplifting experience was during their four years of high school and how it has impacted them. Academic achievement is vital, but the primary focus of this scholarship is “leadership by example”, with uplifting spirit and the ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, thoughtfully and clearly.


Camille Willis Nursing Scholarship (up to $1,000)

Linda Hill Pandey and Kristen Speagle are proud to support a graduating high school student who is pursuing a degree in nursing or the health care profession with a scholarship of (up to) $1,000. This scholarship honors their mother Camille Willis, in memoriam. A long-time resident of Yellow Springs, Camille was an inspiration to her two young daughters who watched their mother pursue her career aspirations while managing financial struggles as a single working mother. Camille was determined to earn her nursing degree at Clark State University to provide a better life for her daughters. As soon as she graduated, Camille began her lifelong career in nursing – which she pursued with passion and joy.  To apply, please write a brief essay (no more than one page) on why you want to pursue this field.

Howard Kahoe/Dud Scott Memorial Scholarship ($500) (application form required)

Two scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded.  Recipient may also apply for the scholarship for the second year.  Applicant must be a graduating senior or a high school graduate who is a resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township.  Applicant must be planning a career in an industrial, vocational, or technical occupation requiring training that is less than a 4 year college.  Applications are in the Guidance Office.


The Martha Dell Cadow and Warren Dell Memorial Athletic Scholarship ($500) (application form required)

Requirements:  The candidate has lettered in basketball and/or golf, is in good academic standing and will be attending a two or four-year college or trade school within two years following high school graduation.  The name of the honoree will be announced during the Achievement Day Ceremony, and the money will be sent directly to the college/trade school the honoree attends.  Please write a short essay explaining why basketball and/or golf is important to you, and how you have contributed to the high school team.


Lisa Goldberg/YS Arts Scholarship ($300 and $100) (application form required)

Two scholarships will be awarded in 2017 one for $300 and one for $100.  The scholarships are for those continuing their education in the arts and will be paid directly to an educational institution, be it a college, non-profit art camp, non-profit art program (Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont to name a few). It can help to pay for any aspect of that education.


The following scholarships held at YSCF are also awarded annually, but cannot be applied for:


John Gudgel Scholarship ($750)

A deserving student is selected by the Gudgel scholarship committee.


Kay Corbin Memorial Scholarship ($5016)

A deserving student is selected by the Corbin scholarship committee.


These Scholarships accept donations, please consider donating today.

For questions regarding applying for any of these scholarships please contact the Guidance Office at Yellow Springs High School.  For questions regarding donations to these or other YSCF funds contact