Dale Owen “Be the Light” Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2018 to honor and celebrate the long relationship between Ascentra and the Pleasant Valley Community School District. For years, Ascentra has sponsored the Booker Bear program to promote reading and literacy for our youngest students. Upon the sad and untimely death of their long time President and Pleasant Valley parent, Paul Lensmeyer, they endowed a scholarship to honor his memory and to advance his deep belief in the importance of education. Most recently, Ascentra has been the multi-year title sponsor or our Run with Carl.
Criteria to Apply:
- A GPA acceptable for college admission, and likely success at chosen institution
- Intention to pursue post-secondary education at college, community college, trade, or technical school
- Demonstrates how student has “done what is right” in their life, even when faced with a difficult decision
Scholarship Personal Statement/Essay
- Give an example in your life when you have chosen to ‘do the right thing’ even when it was difficult to do.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us why you've chosen your field of study.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us what your plans are after your post-secondary education is complete.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us about one of the following: your ability to problem solve, work with others, and/or your dedication to the community.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us how you've overcome an obstacle.
- In less than 250 words (1700 characters), please tell us anything else about yourself you think the selection committee would like to know.
Past Scholarship Recipients
2022 Ria Patel
2021 Grace Pender
2020 Kathryn Stewart
2019 Lauren Groenenboom
2018 Ramya Kumar