LINDSBORG — While Dorothy J. Zeigler may have been a quiet woman, she cared deeply about education.

Zeigler provided over $300,000 of her estate to the Smoky Valley Education Foundation for students wishing to pursue college degrees in performing and visual arts.

"In the spring, two students will benefit from this scholarship from the late Dorothy Zeigler. Two Smoky Valley graduating high school seniors must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale during the first four consecutive semesters of college," said Glen Suppes, superintendent of USD 400. "It's a wonderful gift. The interesting thing is that I never knew Dorothy and I've been here 18 years."

The two students will be awarded $8,000 and will be given $2,000 each semester for two years, Suppes noted.

The scholarship will be awarded at the spring awards banquet at SVHS.

While the scholarship is set for $8,000, Suppes said that the endowment could keep the scholarship going and benefit more students over time.

"While the amount is set at $16,000 for this year, we know it will continue to grow. For example, we invested $600,00 in a scholarship years ago and now its over $900,000," he said.

Students may apply for the scholarship now and deadline is March 1.

Students can apply by going to the Smoky Valley Community Foundation website.

Requirements for the Dorothy J. Zeigler scholarship are:

— Must be a graduate of Smoky Valley High School with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

— Plan to attend college majoring in either performing arts or visual arts.

— Submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words explaining why the student wants to major in either the performing or visual arts

— If students are awarded the scholarship, they must maintain at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the first four consecutive semesters of college.

For more information, visit the Smoky Valley Community Foundation website at http://smokyvalleycf.org or call the Smoky Valley USD 400 school district at 785-227-2981.

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