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The Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $396,700 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year, helping 195 students pursue secondary education.

Each year, the DCF awards scholarships to students from funds established by generous people who care about education and understand that it can be costly. This year, 208 scholarships were awarded to 195 students.

There is no cap on the number of scholarships or the amount students may receive. Funding from many of the scholarships may be applied to the costs of textbooks and fees, in addition to tuition. Some are one-time awards, and others are renewable.

“Many of our donors who care about education choose to create scholarship funds to build opportunities for students where they otherwise may not exist,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “Our goal is to help philanthropists who care about education support young people working toward building successful futures.”

Israel Bernal-Ortiz
Israel Bernal-Ortiz
Bansri Patel
Bansri Patel
Alyssa Givens
Alyssa Givens

Here are the stories of just three of this year’s scholarship recipients:

Bansri Patel:
A Seaford native, Bansri has always had a passion for science and research. Despite limited labs and funding in her hometown, Bansri persevered, participating in various international and national science fairs during high school. She has completed her bachelor’s degree and will now attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with the help of the Mark B. Holzman Scholarship and the Eleanor B. and Henry H. Stroud, M.D. Memorial Scholarship.

Israel Bernal-Ortiz:
Israel, who attended St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, dreams of one day being an engineer. With the help of two DCF scholarships, the Frank Vari Memorial Scholarship and the FCA Foundation Scholarship, Israel will earn the education needed to pursue his goals. “I can focus on who I am and who I will become,” Israel said.

Alyssa Givens:
A Laurel native, Alyssa grew up loving softball and helped Laurel High School win two state championships. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Delaware, she now plans to attend graduate school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University with support from the Mark B. Holzman Scholarship.

See a list of the 2018-19 scholarship winners.

For information about how donors can create scholarship funds at the DCF, contact Joan Hoge-North at [email protected].