SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scholarship Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until Feb. 15 for high school seniors who live in Scotch Plains or Fanwood and are graduating in 2020 or attending college or other post-high school institutions.

The numerous scholarships offered by the Foundation range in criteria; some awards are need-based, while others have criteria such as the intent to pursue an education focused on teaching, nursing, mathematics, veterinary science, foreign language, music or fine arts, among many others.

The major criterion for eligibility is that the applicant resides in Scotch Plains or Fanwood. Applicants need not be a graduate of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Applications can be found through the SPFHS counseling office and on spfscholarshipfoundation.org.

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In addition to the application, the Foundation requires a personal letter from the applicant, a letter of reference, and an official high school transcript, including SAT and/or ACT scores, or an official college transcript. Submissions must be post-marked by Saturday, Feb. 15 and mailed to SPF Scholarship Foundation (Attn: Screening Committee) P.O. Box 123, Fanwood, NJ, 07023 in order to be eligible for consideration.

Applications post-marked after Feb. 15 will be returned and incomplete or unsigned applications may not be considered. Applications may be completed on the foundation’s website but must also be printed and mailed as directed for consideration.

Since its inception in 1966, the Foundation has awarded over $3,400,000 in scholarships to 3,207 deserving recipients. Scholarships are funded through a community wide appeal in the spring and through Dollars for Students, the Foundation’s annual fundraising event taking place Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29.

Other scholarships are administered by the Foundation, but are funded by community organizations. Every Parent-Teacher Association in the district funds at least one scholarship. Applications are reviewed by a Screening Committee consisting of four Trustees from the SPF Scholarship Foundation and PTA representatives from the public schools. For further information, visit spfscholarshipfoundation.org.

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