Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

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About the Scholarship

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The Century of Reading Scholarship is a one-time award open to a senior student attending a Johnson County High School or a homeschool student who lives in the county in the 2018-2019 school year who applies and is chosen for this award. The award has been established to honor the Greenwood Public Library’s 100 years of service to the community which has been commemorated by our Century of Reading sculpture. This visual statement to GPL’s commitment to reading is designed to spark discussion, excite reading, and champion literacy. This scholarship was created by two local companies who share the Library's excitement about reading: Tilson HR and Endress+Hauser.  This $5000 college scholarship will be awarded to one local student who not only reads 50 of the books listed on the sculpture but also demonstrates insight and creativity about how the reading of these classics stories has had an impact on his/her future. The student can read a maximum of 25 children’s selections from the list and a minimum of 25 Adult/Teen titles for a total of 50 titles. Many of these titles will be familiar to seniors, and books previously read are welcome to be counted for this application.


Applications can be submitted by any high school senior that attends a Johnson County High School or a homeschooled senior student who lives in Johnson County. Financial need is not a component in the decision to award the scholarship. Awards will be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin, ancestry, or sexual orientation.


The scholarship awarded will be $5,000 and will be held in custody by the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library (a 501(c) 3 organization) and sent directly to the winning student’s college/university/ trade school of choice for tuition/housing upon their enrollment.


Contact Cheryl Dobbs or Jane Weisenbach for additional information.