VAN WERT - Larry L. Wendel, executive secretary of The Van Wert County Foundation, announced that applications for scholarship grants for the 2012-13 school year are now available at The Foundation office beginning April 2.

Students currently on a scholarship and students who applied as high school seniors in the spring of 2011 will automatically be sent the necessary application form. Other students who are finishing their freshman, sophomore or junior in college in the spring of 2012 may contact The Van Wert County Foundation at 138 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891 or call (419) 238-1743 for an application.

For a student to be eligible for a scholarship grant they must be a graduate of one of the high schools serving Van Wert county residents including Spencerville and Parkway, a graduate of Delphos Jefferson or Delphos St. Johns, or a graduate of Antwerp, Paulding, or Wayne Trace High School serving Paulding County residents. The student must have completed their freshman year in college with at lease a 2.75 grade accume. At the end of their sophomore year and thereafter the student must have a 3.0 grade accume.

Grants are made for no more than three years. The exception are those courses of study requiring five years to earn a baccalaureate degree a fourth grant may be made. No grants are made beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Scholarships are based on residency, college grade point average and financial need and are available for any recognized field of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.