Carey Services has established funding to award scholarships to graduating Grant County seniors with a documented disability who wish to pursue their education beyond high school.

“Carey Services has a vision of a world where all people are empowered and equally valued in the community,” said Jim Allbaugh, Carey Services’ president and CEO. “When we talk about all people, that certainly includes the coming generation of leaders who today are in school and getting their educations. We need to support those future leaders as they grow and develop, and what better way to do that than by offering a college scholarship to help students continue their educations at the next level.”

The Carey Services Scholarship Fund was designed to invest back in the lives of graduating Grant County students wanting to pursue an educational opportunity after high school. The mission of Carey Services is “turning abilities into opportunities,” and our board of directors and management team find it important to offer this opportunity to demonstrate we are a community-focused organization and we believe young adults with disabilities in our communities will make a lasting and transformational impact in this world.

“Carey Services’ board of directors is honored to offer outstanding students an academic scholarship beginning in 2021,” said Kevin Planck, Carey Services’ board chairperson. “This initiative is in line with one of our core values: ‘Striving for awesomeness in every effort and interaction.’ We are continually blessed by the support of our community and are pleased to be able to give back in this fashion.”

In its inaugural year in 2021, the scholarship fund is projected to award $3,500 to each recipient, which is intended to cover expenses such as tuition, book fees, housing fees and meal plans. Applicants who will be the first in their families to attend college may receive preference in the consideration of their application. The number of awards will be determined at the time of application review.

The application period opens Feb. 5, and applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 17. Applications can be submitted by email to jallbaugh@careyservices.com or they can be physically mailed to Carey Services, attn: Jim Allbaugh, 2724 S. Carey St., Marion, Ind., 46953. Announcement of scholarship winner/s will be on May 10.

Carey Services will make special accommodations for individuals who need help completing the scholarship application. Call April Scott at (765) 668-8961, ext. 111, to make those arrangements.

The application consists of several basic-information questions along with seven essay questions that require no more than 750 characters for each answer. You can access and download the application by clicking the button below.

Carey Services Scholarship Fund 2021 Application