What is Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars?

  • Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars goal is to ensure that all qualified students that apply receive some type of scholarship to support their desire for further education.
  • Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars is a locally operated and supported, non-profit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation. Operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars® is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement. Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars is a chapter affiliate of Scholarship America®, a nationally recognized non-profit student aid service organization.

Why is Dollars for Scholars so important?

  • Rising costs are closing doors to higher education for many individuals in our community. Through Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars we have the opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school. We can provide both encouragement and financial support for local students.

How are fund for local awards provided?

  • Each year our community is invited to demonstrate our support for local students through a variety of fundraising activities. Funds also come from the generous support of local businesses, service organizations, and individuals who desire to sponsor scholarships in their name. For those who wish to establish endowed scholarships, Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars may be named as a beneficiary in wills and insurance policies or receive gifts of property.  

How are local scholarships awarded?

  • By completing a common application form, students become eligible for several local awards. Applications are scored anonymously by trained volunteers serving on an Awards Committee. Applicants receive points for a variety of qualities, including work experience, school and community service activities, and academic record. In this way, the selection process is objective and nondiscriminatory making scholarships available to a wide range of deserving students planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.

Who may apply for a scholarship?

  • Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars believes any sincere and determined person should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after graduation. Scholarships can be for two-year, four-year, or vocational and technical colleges. Current graduating seniors from Lincoln High School are eligible.