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David Scholar Program

David Scholarship Program History

The David Scholar Program was established in 1980 by Paul and Carol David of Massillon, Ohio.
The purpose of the David scholarship program is to aid and assist qualified graduating Stark
County, Ohio high school students who, due to financial constraints, would find it difficult, if not
impossible, to further their education at an accredited college or university.
Stark County Scholarships
David Scholarship Program

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Paul was the 10th child in a family of 13 children. To say that Paul came from simple means would have been a substantial understatement, but that
never stopped him from achieving his goals. From the trunk of his 1956 Buick, he began to distribute phonograph records to any grocery and drug
store in Ohio that would let him merchandise a rack in their store. After many grueling years of just getting by, Paul abandoned the wholesaling
business and made a leap of faith into the retail business by opening stores of his own. This proved to be one of the most significant professional
decisions of his life. As his music store chain (which eventually came to be known as Camelot Music) grew, so did Paul's desire to give back to the
community that supported him during the 'tough times.' He did so by establishing this David scholarship program to help kids 'just like him' to better
themselves through education. At the time of Paul's passing in November 2002, the David Scholar Program had assisted over 200 students in the
Stark County area; and today, his family, continues his legacy of assisting the less fortunate in the Stark County community through the David
Scholar Program.
Stark County, Ohio Scholarships
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The David Scholar Program awards Stark County scholarships to high school seniors and is renewable for up to four years, provided the student
maintains the requirements of the program. On average each year, 50 scholarships are awarded to Stark County high school seniors.

How do I apply for the David Scholar scholarship?
Complete the current year’s online scholarship application, including all required information and attachments.

What is the deadline to apply for the scholarship?
Applications must be completed and submitted by April 15th of your senior year.

How much is the scholarship program award?
The total value of the scholarship is $28,000. If the student maintains the requirements of the program, the scholarship can be renewed for a total of
eight semesters, for $3,500 per semester.

What are the characteristics of a David Scholar?
-Faces a significant financial hurdle in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree
-Is a Stark County high school senior
-Has above average academic performance
-Participates in extracurricular activities (sports, school organizations, community involvement, work)
-Has overcome some obstacle in their lives
-Exhibits good character (i.e., are good citizens in the community)

How will the scholarship program funds be disbursed?
After receiving your current official transcript and verifying that you have met the requirements, your scholarship installment amount of $7,000 per
year (payable in two equal installments of $3,500 per semester) will be sent directly to the school that we have on record for you. This installment is
typically mailed out in mid-July. Please check your student account to confirm. These funds may be used to pay for the cost of attendance at your
school for the semester in which payment is made, but only to the extent that such costs are not otherwise covered through other grants and/or
scholarships, including institutional scholarships available to the recipient. Any scholarship funds not used to pay for such costs
must be returned
to the Foundation
at the conclusion of that semester and are not to be given directly to the student.

Please note that although our scholarship can be used for things associated with the cost of attendance, this can only be done directly through the
student's account at the school, as our scholarship funds must be paid to an IRS approved, non-profit entity. For example; things such as off-
campus housing and groceries, cannot be funded with our scholarship. Technically, housing and food is included in a school's cost of attendance,
but we, as a charitable foundation, cannot pay a for-profit entity (like an off-campus landlord) for our scholars' housing, or directly provide grocery
money to our scholars.

In order for our scholarship to be used towards books and supplies, the purchase of these items must go through your student account. Please
check with your school to verify their process for purchasing books. It should be noted that The University of Akron does not allow students to use
our scholarship towards the purchase of books and supplies.

Also of note, if you end up graduating early, scholarship installments cannot be accelerated or "doubled up".

How will the scholarship recipients be announced?
Recipients will be notified via email by the end of June, and the names will also be posted on our website.

How do I renew the scholarship each semester?
While in college the student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, must complete a minimum of 12 credit
hours each semester
and provide an official transcript from the college or university each semester.

Who do I contact with questions?
For questions, please contact Christy Melert at christy@davidfoundation.org  or (330) 479-0200.


(About Stark County Scholarships: Stark County is located in the state of Ohio and includes the cities and towns of Alliance, Beach City, Brewster, Canal Fulton, Canton, East Canton, East Sparta,
Hartville, Louisville, North Canton, Magnolia, Massillon, Minerva, Navarre, North Canton and Waynesburg. Stark County high schools include Alliance City, Canton City, Canton Local, Fairless Local,
Jackson Local, Lake Local, Louisville City, Marlington Local, Massillon City, Minerva Local, North Canton City, Northwest Local, Osnaburg Local, Perry Local, Plain Local, RG Drage Center, Sandy
Valley Local, Tuslaw Local, St. Thomas, Central Catholic, Washington High School, East Canton High School and Hoover High School.)
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