The Centralia Foundation administers scholarships funds provided by individuals. A Scholarship committee oversees that the wishes and guidelines of the benefactor are fulfilled. Selection committees insure that the criteria are met to award scholarships to appropriate recipients.
Currently the Centralia Foundation oversees 13 scholarship funds valued at over seven million dollars. The Foundation annually distributes over $100,000 in scholarships.
It is the generosity of these benefactors that enable students from this area to achieve their goal of higher learning. With advanced estate planning, you can have a positive impact on the future of our younger generation. The Centralia Foundation welcomes yourr
charitable gift or bequest.
Current Scholarship Funds include:
Rollen & Lecta Rae Robinson
Grants are awarded to students from Odin and Sandoval High School
for continued higher learning.
Madge E. Riechman Scholarship Fund
Lillian May Harris Fund
Fred L. Wham Jr. & Grace J. Wham Fund
These three grants are awarded to graduates of Centralia High School for continuing
Elizabeth L. Edwards Scholarship Fund
Funds are awarded to graduates of Centralia High School and Kaskaskia College to obtain degrees in the medical, business and education fields.
Paul W. and Jean Zimmerman Rau Scholarship [ Application]
Funds are provided to graduates of Centralia High School who pursue a
business degree at Kaskaskia College.
Hazel Bledsoe Memorial Scholarship Fund [ Application]
Centralia High School graduates majoring in Consumer Science may
Marian Ruth Bude Scholarship Fund [ Application]
Must be a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Elementary School in Centralia and Centralia High School or any Lutheran high school.
Fred L. Wham Jr. and Grace J. Wham Nursing Scholarship Fund [ Application]
Must be a graduate of Centralia High School and pursing a nursing degree at Kaskaskia College.
American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship
Fund [ Application]
Must be a United States of America citizen, graduating high school senior or GED recipient and be a resident of Marion, Clinton, Jefferson or Washington County. Preference is given to an honorably discharged veteran or descendant of such a veteran of the armed forces of the United States.
Vaughn-Gardner Scholarship Fund [ Application]
Must be a graduate of any public high school in Marion County or of Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School. Must be pursuing a degree in a non-sports related area and students receiving sports scholarships shall not be eligible. One award for full tuition at Kaskaskia for 2 years and one award for full tuition for 4 years at a publicly funded university in the State of Illinois. Only one of each scholarship shall be outstanding at one time. The awards also include an annual stipend for other educationl expenses as determined by the scholarship committee.
Jerry & Rosemary Wilson Scholarship Fund [ Application]
Must be a graduate of Centralia High School and preference shall be given to students attending Kaskaskia College.
Robert D. & Donna Quick Scholarship Fund [ Application]
Must be a graduate of either Centralia, Salem or Odin High School, or a student or graduate of Kaskaskia College.