A new scholarship for Bartholomew County high school students will honor a soldier from the community who died in Afghanistan this year.
Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter died in a suicide bombing in the summer. His family wanted to honor his memory.
The scholarship will be managed by Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. President and CEO Tracy Souza says Hunter was someone who demonstrated leadership and selflessness.
“They felt like a scholarship that reflected those values that were so outstanding in Sgt. Hunter would be a way to make something good come out of something that’s really very sad,” Souza says.
The scholarship is open to Bartholomew County graduates planning to pursue a two or four year degree. Souza says the students must have at least a three point five GPA and participate in extra-curricular activities.
“And financial need will be considered as well as preference given to those students who are in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, ROTC,” Souza says.
She says it’s unclear at this time how much the award will be worth. The first recipients of the annual scholarship will be selected in April.