MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The Southbury-Middlebury Scholarship Foundation will again award scholarships this June to eligible graduating seniors living in Middlebury and Southbury.

Any graduating senior who has been accepted by an institution of higher learning is encouraged to apply.

Eligible students must be residents of Southbury or Middlebury and may attend public or private high schools or be home schooled. Returning college students who meet the residency requirements and have received awards in the past are also eligible.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, demonstration of financial need and involvement in service activities at school or in the community.

Applications will be distributed at Pomperaug High School to seniors on Friday, March 6 and will also be available online at www.pomperaug.com.

Students who are attending private high schools, being home schooled or are already in college may download an application directly at the Southbury Middlebury Scholarship Foundation website at www.smsfct.org. Any questions or concerns may be directed to info@smsfct.org.

Deadlines for submission are: Wednesday, March 25 for current Pomperaug High School students; postmarked by Wednesday, March 25 for current high school students who do not attend Pomperaug High School; and postmarked by Wednesday, April 1 for college student applicants.

The Southbury-Middlebury Scholarship Foundation, incorporated in 1983, has awarded more than $639,000 in scholarships to deserving local students. Last year, the foundation awarded $24,450, assisting students and families with rising college costs.

The Southbury Middlebury Scholarship Foundation also administers the Delmont and Elfriede Pfeffer Scholarship Fund that was established in 1997 with a bequest from Elfriede Pfeffer who died in 1995. She had been active in the community and wished to support education.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Pfeffer and her husband, Delmont, financially assisted many students who had the ability to pursue higher education but needed additional financial support. Their legacy continues today through the Pfeffer Fund. Last year, the Delmont and Elfriede Pfeffer Scholarship Fund awarded a total $160,000 to deserving students.

Graduating seniors interested in applying for a scholarship from the Pfeffer Scholarship Fund are required to be in the top 30 percent of their graduating class. Returning college students who are past award recipients interested in re-applying must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 to be eligible.

Students wishing to apply for the Pfeffer awards can do so in the same manner as those applying for the Southbury Middlebury Scholarship Foundation awards. A separate application is necessary for each scholarship.

The Southbury-Middlebury Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization supported entirely by donations and bequests from residents and businesses of Middlebury and Southbury.

Anyone interested in supporting the foundation can send tax-deductible contributions to the Southbury Middlebury Scholarship Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1259, Middlebury 06762. 

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