The 50th Reunion Leadership Spirit Scholarship was created in 2016 to provide a $1000 scholarship award to a Yellow Springs High School graduating senior who has financial need and demonstrates the qualities that we believe will make the world a better place for future generations. For 2019, the scholarship award was $2,000. We expect the scholarship award to be $3,000 in 2020 unless factors leading to this decision change. 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 and 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. The candidate may also submit other information supporting his application. 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.
50th Reunion Classes
Many YSHS classmates have fond memories of growing up and going to the schools in Yellow Springs. The Scholarship provides a method to help a deserving graduate take his or her next step in life. If we can make a difference by encouraging leadership and spirit, then we are helping make our world a better place to live. We invite future 50th reunion classes to consider supporting the Scholarship as a way to recognize our appreciation for the school experience in Yellow Springs and help a new graduate. If the Scholarship continues to gain support from future 50th reunion classes, then it will grow far into the future. A selection committee including a member from the current participating 50th reunion class will review the Scholarship applications and select the winner from qualified candidates.
Reasons for 50th Reunion Classes to Join the Leadership Spirit Scholarship
Below are points we hope future 50th reunion classes will consider as they decide whether or not to join the Leadership Spirit Scholarship team:
• 50th reunion classes have an opportunity to join together to promote leadership and spirit
through a scholarship award.
• By multiple classes joining together to support the scholarship, we increase the chances that
the scholarship will have a long life.
• In addition to the total contributor pool expanding each year, we also have the possibility of
repeat contributors from previous 50th reunion years adding to the funds raised by the current
50th reunion class.
• Each participating class will have the opportunity to create their own Class Notes web page
• Through the joint participation of multiple classes supporting a single scholarship versus
classes creating separate scholarships, we eliminate the duplication of scholarship administration, both for YSCF account management and the candidate review and winner
• The YSCF is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, and donations are charitable
If you would like to donate, please select an option at: https://www.yscf.org/donate/ and specify the donation is for the “50th Reunion Scholarship – Class of NNNN”
In June, 2019, as we remember the three Leadership Spirit Scholarships that have been awarded, we also look to the future. We are learning as we go about communicating with new 50th reunion classes and prospective scholarship applicants. Depending on contributions and scholarship account earnings in future years, we hope to increase the award amount and possibly have multiple winners.
Each participating 50th reunion class has the opportunity to submit content for a web page on the YSFC website. The class notes serve as a communication channel that may include information such as themes for raising contributions to the Scholarship, fundraising results, and anything else that could be of general interest to past and future participating 50th reunion classes or anyone learning more about the Scholarship. For our first three participating classes, the class notes include a picture of the scholarship winner receiving the award. Generally, the class notes will be updated in the June timeframe each year.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the following:
Executive Director, Yellow Springs Community Foundation
Yellow Springs Community Foundation
108 Dayton Street
PO Box 55
Yellow Springs, OH 45387