IMPORTANT DATES for 2020:
- Application Deadline: March 16, 2020
- Announcement of Selection: April 16, 2020
- Award Ceremony: A Sunday in late May, possibly May 31, 2020
The mission of The Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee is to generate, broaden, and nurture post-secondary aspirations of Harrisburg School District students by providing personal support and advocacy; providing financial assistance for post-secondary education; involving Unitarian Church of Harrisburg members in action toward this purpose; and maintaining the legacy of Oliver LaGrone as the inspiration for the Scholarship.
Mr. LaGrone was a nationally noted poet, sculptor, philosopher, and humanitarian. He was also linked with the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg while he lived in Harrisburg in the 1970’s. While associated with UCH, Oliver LaGrone inspired members of the to establish a scholarship in his name. Funds to establish and build the scholarship came from many fundraisers and the donations of many individuals and organizations over the years. Oliver donated the proceeds from the sale of his sculpture, “The Dancer.” In more recent times, the UCH Endowment Fund, which is supported by the L. James Eckels Trust, has made substantial contributions toward the scholarship.
Each year, UCH presents a scholarship for post-secondary education to a Harrisburg School District graduate. A mentor is identified from the UCH congregation with expertise in the scholar’s area of study. This mentor offers advice and guidance to the scholar throughout his or her education and sometimes beyond. A representative of the OLS Committee participates in the annual Harrisburg High School Awards Ceremony usually held in May at the school’s auditorium. At this ceremony, high school seniors are recognized by the faculty and community-at-large for their achievements. At this ceremony, the representative of the OLS Committee recognizes the scholar and the nature of the program is presented to all in attendance.
The Oliver LaGrone Scholarship program offers the largest local scholarship available to graduates of Harrisburg Public High Schools. Scholars receive $10,000 ($2,500 annually).
A SCHOLARSHIP OF $2,500 PER YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS CAN BE YOURS, IF ...
- You are a student the Harrisburg Public High Schools or a graduate of the Harrisburg School District (graduates must apply within five years of their graduation)
- You are an applicant at an accredited post-secondary institution such as a college, business school, technical school, school of nursing, or an institute of fine arts
- You are motivated to continue your education despite obstacles
- You can demonstrate financial need
- You have gained knowledge and skills from life that will help you succeed in the future
IF YOU HAVE THESE QUALITIES, PLEASE APPLY, EVEN IF YOUR ACADEMIC RECORD IS NOT OUTSTANDING!
Application & Selection of Recipient
You must complete the enclosed scholarship application form. You must attach two other items:
- copies of your transcripts from at least the past two semesters,
- a brief portrayal of YOU! This can be in written form, or you can get creative, as described on the application.
If you are selected for an interview, following the receipt and review of your application, you must attend the interview on April 16, 2020.
Assistance is available to complete the application r other financial assistance applications. Just call the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg at (717) 564-4761. If you need additional space to answer any question in the application, feel free to add a separate sheet.
- 2019 – Ayobami “Kenny” Akingbesote – Harrisburg Area Community College - Nursing
- 2018 – Sabina Dahal – Penn State University, Harrisburg Campus – Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
- 2017 – Roman Colon – Penn State University, State College Campus – Finance
- 2016 – Taryana Peterson – Temple University – Psychology