Iris M. Balthaser Adam Scholarship Fund

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Berks County Community Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a graduating high school senior.
  4. Must attend a high school located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Preference will be given to seniors graduating from Hamburg Area High School.
  5. Must plan to attend Kutztown University.
  6. Must plan to major in elementary education.
  7. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, or 86 percent or higher.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is for U.S. high school seniors who attend a high school in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and plan to attend Kutztown University to major in elementary education. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (or 86 percent or higher) and financial need.

Application requirements for the Iris M. Balthaser Adam Scholarship Fund are:

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: The Iris M. Balthaser Adam Scholarship Fund was established at Berks County Community Foundation by her family in 2014 in memory of Iris who passed away in 1991. Iris was a school teacher at Hamburg Area School District for 30 years. Applicants must have been active in school and/or community activities or have held a work-related commitment, and have a financial need. All applicants will be notified in May. Berks County Community Foundation employees, board members and/or committee members are not eligible to apply for or be nominated for a scholarship offered by Berks County Community Foundation, nor are their immediate family members. However, immediate family members are eligible to be nominated and recognized as the recipient of a scholarship, but without the financial award of the scholarship. Immediate families include spouses; children, stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and their respective spouses; siblings and their spouses; and ancestors. The ineligibility period for Berks County Community Foundation board members or employees and their family members extends five years after board service or employment terminates. The ineligibility period for committee members who are not Berks County Community Foundation staff or board is in effect only during their term of service and is only related to the committee on which they make decisions.

Award Amount: $1,100 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,100.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Applications are available on the Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) website. All applicants must apply via the BCCF online application. Students must create an account to access the application. As part of the application, the student will be required to submit the following materials: an essay of 250 to 500 words that describes what motivated him/her to become a teacher; his/her most recent high school transcript; and contact information for a teacher with whom he/she has had at least one class who will write a letter of recommendation on his/her behalf. The recommender will receive instructions via email for submitting the letter. Applications must be submitted by the deadline date.
About Berks County Community Foundation:
Contact Information: Leta Doganes, Scholarship and Grant Administrator
Address: 237 Court St. Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

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