The Estate of Betty Gaunt established a scholarship fund with The Dunkirk Foundation in memory of her two daughters, Marilee and Gayle. Mrs. Gaunt's wishes were to help students achieve their dreams and improve themselves through higher education, whether that be a four-year college or university, or at a technical school. Applicants may be either high school seniors or non-traditional students and must reside in the 47336 zip code.
This Scholarship fund was the original fund that initiated the forming of The Dunkirk Foundation in 1970. It was funded at the request of Dr. and Mrs. H.L. Shroyer from funds originally raised from the community at large. Its purpose is to award annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors that "most accurately exemplify Christian love in their lives," as defined by I Corinthians 13:4-7 and Galatians 5:22-23. Applicants must be residents of Jay County in addition to Jackson (Blackford Co) and Niles (Delaware Co.) townships. Per Dr. Shroyer's direction the application process has always required each applicant to submit an essay written on the topic "What Christ and his Love mean to me."
The Estate of Miss Ella Cunningham, a long time school teacher in Dunkirk, established the Ella and Irene Cunningham Scholarship. In keeping with Miss Cunningham's interests, preference will be given to female students who are pursuing a degree in Education or Business. Applicants may be either high school seniors or non-traditional students and must reside in the 47336 zip code.
Jesse Bivens - President; Brenda Brumfield - Vice President; Wil Masters- Secretary; John Littler - Treasurer; Christy Curts, Jill Ford, Judy Geesaman, Katherine Nelson, Jim Weiseman and Chuck Huffman-Emeritus Board Member