If last month’s fundraiser is any indicator, Wellsville has a passion to see its youth educated.

On Feb. 16, the Wellsville High School Concurrent Education Endowment Foundation hosted a fundraising Gala. Through the event, WHSCEEF was able to raise nearly $18,000 toward scholarships for students interested in concurrent, career and technical education courses at area community colleges. Students can obtain scholarship applications in the high school office or Mrs. Waymire’s office, the group said. Scholarship applications are due April 19.

“The foundation board was astonished by the community’s generosity and are excited at the prospect of being able to start working towards their vision, ‘To lift financial barriers for all students wishing to pursue advanced educational opportunities, while paving a pathway toward their future goals,’” said Barbara Kearney.

For perspective, according to the group total projected costs at Neosho County Community College for Wellsville High School students during the fall 2019 semester are $20,022. This projected figure was compiled using the number of students that enrolled fall 2018 and the fee schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

Kearny said the foundation plans to offer scholarships by prioritizing need-based applicants, then career and technical students, and then offering a baseline scholarship to offset the costs, the amount of which will vary depending on the number of applicants. At this time the Foundation will not be offering scholarships for online courses.

“The board would like to thank the community for their continued support to help break barriers for all students,” Kearney said.