By Anne Pryor
Margaret’s Fund: A Northside Scholarship is accepting applications for its annual award. Any Northside resident who is a graduating high school senior planning to continue studies in fall 2017 is invited to apply.
Applicants must be a Northside resident and accepted into a degree or certificate program at an accredited school, college or university for the 2017-18 academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who actively participate or volunteer in Northside organizations, are among the first in their family to pursue higher education and have overcome substantial obstacles or challenges to success.
College is expensive in many ways beyond tuition and books, the two areas covered by most scholarships. Because Margaret’s Fund is unrestricted, the recipient can use the award to pay for some of the often forgotten extra costs of college, such as child care, computers, transportation, supplies or special fees. The scholarship award is $500.
Margaret’s Fund was established in 2007 to support residents of Northside Madison neighborhoods who are pursuing higher education. The award goes to a graduating high school senior in odd years and to a returning adult in even years.
Margaret’s Fund has made eight awards to Northsiders to date: Tara Hoffman (2009), Nicole Tackes (2010), Stacey Yang (2011), Omobolanle Kikelomo Olumbi (2012), Chekwube Obieze (2013), Melissa Marie Alexander (2014), Aminata Bojang (2015) and Felicia Jones (2016). Margaret’s Fund is professionally managed by the Madison Community Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated.
Obtain an application and full guidelines at http://margarets-fund.com. The application deadline is May 19.