Help make a difference for local high school seniors and adult students! Donations made by Centra members and friends to help grow the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship program will be matched!
We have just increased the value of our eight high school scholarship awards to $1,500 each! We plan to continue to grow the scholarship program and increase the number of awards. In 2014, thanks to support from Centra members we were able to increase the number of scholarships from two to eight awards. Post-secondary education is an important career choice but increases in college tuition and fees are obstacles for many local students. Centra Credit Union will match donations from Centra members and friends to the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Fund. Please join us to make college more affordable for our students.
Reasons to Expand the Loretta M. Burd Scholarship Program
- We can help Centra high school seniors and adult members continue their education.
- When the scholarship program was created over ten years ago the annual cost of tuition at IU and Purdue was $5,000. Tuition costs have now doubled to over $10,000.
- By 2020, two thirds of all jobs will require post-secondary education. (Lumina Foundation).
- Indiana students graduating in 2014 after four years at college had an average debt of $29,222. (Institute for College Access and Success)
This year four Bartholomew County seniors received scholarship awards. Columbus East Graduate Ella Rohlfs shared, “I am truly so thankful for the scholarship award. Centra Foundation’s scholarship program is wonderful and I know it will continue to help and support many other students in the future. Thank you!”
Centra Foundation was created with the purpose of providing additional support in our community. We believe that Together WE Can Make a Difference! Please join us to make a difference for high school seniors and non-tradational students!
Donations using a credit card can be made in the GIVING section of the website. Checks should be made to Centra Foundation P.O. Box 789 Columbus, IN 47202.