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Scholarships for 'involved' students - 01/26/2011 -

Scholarships for ‘involved’ students
GPA not as important as involvement in local community
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:06 PM CST
ST. MARTINVILLE — The St. Martin Land Co. will award two St. Martin Parish students with a $2,500 scholarship.

The scholarships were first awarded six years ago as a way to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary, said Robyn Scrantz, the company’s office manager and scholarship coordinator.

The scholarships are not contingent upon the students’ grade point average, Scrantz said, noting the company is more interested in awarding the money to "well-rounded students.”

"There’s no GPA requirement,” Scrantz said. "We’re looking more for someone that’s involved in the community and involved in their school.”

Scrantz said the two scholarships will be awarded to two St. Martin Parish students and will be available to the students for a total of four years, regardless of whether they plan on attending a university or a trade school.

"They get it for four years, but they have to reapply each year,” Scrantz said. "It’s pretty much set in stone though.”

Once a student is awarded the scholarship, Scrantz said it is not required that the student maintain a certain GPA.

"They just have to show they are trying,” she said.

Likewise, Scrantz said the company is looking for students who plan to return to the parish after they graduate, although she said that is not an official requirement for receiving the money.

"It’s not a requirement, but we do look for kids who plan on giving back to the community once they graduate.”

The scholarships are available thanks to a fund established by the St. Martin Land Co. through the local nonprofit Community Foundation of Acadiana.

Kate Wynne, director of donor relations for Community Foundation, said her role in the process is to help St. Martin Land Co. manage its fund so the company can continue granting the scholarships each year.

"We help them grow their fund and be able to give these great gifts in the long-term,” Wynne said. "We urge anyone wanting to give to St. Martin Land Co.’s fund to go to our Web site at”

The application deadline is March 25, and the scholarship will be awarded during the 2011 graduation ceremonies.

For more information, contact Robyn Scrantz at 288-7501, or the guidance counselor at your local school.


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