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The Estate of Betty Gaunt established a scholarship fund with The Dunkirk Foundation in memory of her two daughters, Marilee and Gayle. Mrs. Gaunt's wishes were to help students achieve their dreams and improve themselves through higher education, whether that be a four-year college or university, or at a technical school. Applicants may be either high school seniors or non-traditional students and must reside in the 47336 zip code.
This Scholarship fund was the original fund that initiated the forming of The Dunkirk Foundation in 1970. It was funded at the request of Dr. and Mrs. H.L. Shroyer from funds originally raised from the community at large. Its purpose is to award annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors that "most accurately exemplify Christian love in their lives," as defined by I Corinthians 13:4-7 and Galatians 5:22-23. Applicants must be residents of Jay County in addition to Jackson (Blackford Co) and Niles (Delaware Co.) townships. Per Dr. Shroyer's direction the application process has always required each applicant to submit an essay written on the topic "What Christ and his Love mean to me."
The Estate of Miss Ella Cunningham, a long time school teacher in Dunkirk, established the Ella and Irene Cunningham Scholarship. In keeping with Miss Cunningham's interests, preference will be given to female students who are pursuing a degree in Education or Business. Applicants may be either high school seniors or non-traditional students and must reside in the 47336 zip code.
This Scholarship fund was established in 2021 with The Dunkirk Foundation, at the request of the Louks family siblings, as part of her estate. Lola was a nontraditional student when she decided to pursue her college dream, leaving her office job at Indiana Glass Company. Lola had enjoyed a successful 30 year career as an RN at Blackford County Hospital and at her retirement was head of the emergency department.
We honor her dedication to the nursing profession and the many nursing students she mentored. The purpose of this one time award per year; is for college students accepted into a 2-4 year Nursing Program that meet the following criteria:
Jesse Bivens - President; Will Masters - Secretary; Jim Weiseman - Treasurer; Christy Curts, Jill Ford, Judy Geesaman, Katherine Nelson, Don Hall, Dan Watson, and Chuck Huffman-Emeritus Board Member