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David Scholar Selection

Selection Criteria

The David Scholar Program awards annual scholarships, renewable for up to four years, to eligible
students attending an accredited college or university in the continental United States. The annual
scholarship award for the current class of David Scholars is $7,000.  Since the start of the David Scholar
Program in 1981, hundreds of students from the Stark County, Ohio area have been awarded
Scholarships to pursue their post secondary academic goals.

The David Scholar Program seeks to identify students that have the will to succeed but may struggle with
the financial requirements necessary to pursue a post-secondary education. Typically, David Scholars
have overcome some type of adversity to get to where they are and have learned and grown from these
experiences. They also have shown a high level of academic achievement while at the same time,
remaining active in extra curricular and/or community endeavors. David Scholars are not necessarily in
the top 10% of their graduating class but are high-effort people who know the key to success is hard
work and perseverance. In sum, David Scholars exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrate a significant financial need in order to pursue their education
  • Are high school seniors, attending a Stark County High school
  • Demonstrate above average academic performance
  • Participate in extracurricular activities (sports, school organizations, community involvement, work)
  • Have overcome some obstacles in their lives
  • Exhibit good character (i.e., are good citizens in the community)

The average family income, average expected family contribution from the Student Aid Report from the
FAFSA, and the average composite ACT score for the class of 2015 David Scholar recipients looked like

  • Average Family Income:     $55,313
  • Average EFC:                      $4,245
  • Average ACT:                             26

Please keep in mind that these are averages, and we have scholarship recipients that vary
from these averages, so this is intended to be a general guide for future applicants.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a specific question regarding eligibility for the scholarship
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