United Fund awards $500 scholarship

Photo providedTaylor Gramman, a senior at Greensburg High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship by Decatur County United Fund Executive Director Joane Cunningham.

The Decatur County United Fund has supported many non-profits, and local initiatives that address areas of education, health and income for over 62 years. The United Fund’s mission is mobilizing the power of our community to develop and maintain resources that meet human needs.

At this year’s Greensburg High School senior Honor Day, Taylor Gramman was recognized by Decatur County United Fund for receiving the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification.

As part of the certification and the United Fund $500 scholarship, a student must volunteer and demonstrate their willingness to take part in an organization and undertake a task to complete.

Taylor selected the Angel Gown Project, in coordination with her teacher, Heather Comer. The project required her to search for wedding gowns to be donated, have the gowns cleaned, utilize the small patterns and cut the gowns out to then be sewn together and embellished as final gift. An angel gown provides comfort and compassion for bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for burial services and final photos. Taylor shared, “This project showed me so much about loss and compassion others can demonstrate.”

Joane Cunningham, Executive Director, shared, “The Decatur County United Fund has partnered with the Greensburg Community High School for two years now and our goal is to strengthen employability skills recognized by this certification which is critical in providing a pipeline of skilled high school graduates for today’s workforce. The United Fund and Greensburg Schools collectively are working to encourage students to meet the benchmarks that will assist them in their college or career goals. A total of 34 students were awarded the certification at Greensburg Community High School this year alone.”

To receive the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and have met all graduation requirements, an attendance rate of 98% or higher and have four or fewer sign-ins, sign-outs, or times tardy to school. They must have one or fewer discipline referrals during the eligible school year and completed a minimum of six hours of community service or volunteerism during the eligible school year. Each student must be in good standing for earning the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification to qualify for this scholarship.

The Decatur County United Fund $500 GWEC Scholarship is a one-time award and comes from the Decatur County United Fund youth endowment unrestricted fund. Only one scholarship is awarded to Greensburg High School with Taylor Gramman being selected from ten applicants for 2019.

For more information about the Decatur County United Fund, you may call 812-663-3342 or go to the website at www.dcuf.com.

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