Barnard-Kuichling-Acorn Society Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide scholarships for high school graduates living in Monroe County who are in the top 10 percent of their class and have financial need.

Application Period

Contact school counselor in December. Nominations are due Janauary 15; applications are due March 1.

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; awards range from $500 to $1,500. Award paid in one lump sum in the Fall semester.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For graduating high school seniors residing in Monroe County who:

  • Will continue education at any two- or four-year college, university, or technical school;
  • Are in the top 10 percent of their class; and
  • Have financial need.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation invites all public high schools in Monroe County to nominate one (1) student who meets the eligibility criteria. After all of the nominations are collected, the Community Foundation sends an email inviting students to complete the online application. Interested Students: Please see your counselor in January to learn more about this scholarship.

Counselors: Nominations due January 15. Please contact the Community Foundation at to learn more about the nomination process.

Nominated students: To begin an application or continue working, log in to your account. Applications due March 1.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee comprised of Community Foundation staff and community representatives reviews applications and selects recipient(s).

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient’s account once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript verifying full-time enrollment to the Community Foundation. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

In 1932, $10,000 was bequeathed by the family of Ella Barnard to establish a scholarship fund for worthy young men and women to complete their education in college. Later, Sara Kuichling provided funds in memory of her husband, Emil, to provide education and training to students under age 24. More money was added later from the Acorn Society, founded in 1896 by Caroline Butts Stoddard. The combined funds were moved to the Community Foundation and now provide awards known as Barnard-Kuichling-Acorn Society Scholarships.


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