Winchester Scholarship Foundation

The Winchester Scholarship Foundation actively aims to support financially disadvantaged children and young adults in the region.

Its primary objective involves providing assistance for their higher education by actively helping them cover additional expenses that students across the country commonly incur.

In 2011, Mrs. Beryl Neilsen established the John & Beryl Neilsen Winchester Foundation as a Public Foundation.

The foundation offers scholarships to deserving individuals, helping them alleviate the financial burden associated with their studies.

Winchester Scholarship Foundation


Creation $ Aim of the Winchester Foundation:

Support rural and regional children and youth:

Mrs. Neilsen established the foundation to assist children and young adults in rural and regional areas, ensuring they have equal educational opportunities as their city counterparts.

Scholarships for various levels of education:

The foundation offers scholarships to individuals pursuing tertiary degrees, as well as those pursuing trades, secondary, and primary education.

The aim is to provide financial assistance for their studies.

Registered Public Foundation:

Being a Registered Public Foundation allows the Winchester Foundation to accept tax-deductible donations.

These donations are then distributed to those who require assistance to further their careers.

Building lasting relationships:

Mrs. Neilsen hopes that scholarship recipients will not only excel academically but also maintain a lifelong connection with the foundation.

This serves as a lasting memorial to Mrs. Neilsen and her late husband, as well as their home, “Winchester.”

Eligibility criteria for the Winchester Foundation Scholarship:

Merit-based selection:

The scholarship award is based on merit rather than financial need, actively considering the following criteria as crucial:

Exceptional character and integrity:

Applicants must demonstrate outstanding personal qualities and ethical conduct.

Academic excellence:

Academic achievements and performance will be taken into account during the selection process.

Completion of school/community projects:

Applicants should have successfully completed school and/or community projects that required an average of 45 hours per semester or 3 hours per week of commitment.

This involvement showcases their dedication and contribution to their school or local community.

Scholarship Guidelines And Priorities:

Emphasis on community volunteerism and extracurricular involvement:

The foundation actively seeks graduating seniors who have actively participated in non-school sponsored community volunteer activities and have actively engaged in extracurricular school activities.

Eligibility requirements:

Applicants must meet the following criteria: minimum GPA of 3.0, total annual family income of less than $100,000, and a plan to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school.

Direct payment to the college:

Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the college in January, specifically for the second semester of the student’s first year.

The student is responsible for submitting an invoice for second-semester tuition and fees, along with their student ID number and college information, to the foundation.

Guidance Counselor’s endorsement:

Applicants must have their Guidance Counselor endorse their application, confirming that they are a suitable candidate for the scholarship program.

High schools are encouraged to inform the most qualified applicants who meet the program’s requirements about this opportunity.

Application details: The deadline for applications is March 31.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.