Christina Hawkey, Executive Director of the Foundation, says compared to the usual 200 to 300 applications per year, the Foundation received over 1,000 applications this year.
Over 50 volunteers are currently reading over 1,000 essays and scoring the applications.
Winners will be announced the first week of May.
Hawkey attributes this year’s success to the Foundation staff’s concentrated efforts to increase awareness and assist with the application process.
Many students were feeling nervous about writing essays required for scholarship applications, so the Foundation sponsored four scholarship workshops to help those students.