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David H. Utter Memorial Award

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide scholarships for outstanding graduates of Marcus Whitman Central School District.

Application Period

Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis through April.

Number and Size of Awards

$1,500; split between two to four recipients. Award paid in one lump sum in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

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 from Marcus Whitman High School who:

  • Are recommended by their teachers for outstanding achievement, and
  • Are nominated on the basis of need, scholastic achievement, good character, citizenship, and participation in extracurricular activities.

Application Process

The nomination and selection process is coordinated by the Marcus Whitman High School Counseling Office.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through Marcus Whitman High School. A committee of faculty from Marcus Whitman Central School District reviews applications, selects the recipient(s), and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails a certificate to the high school for presentation to the recipient and emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in June. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying enrollment to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns.


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

Donor Information

Originally a bank trust established in memory of a U. S. Navy pilot who lost his life in the line of duty, this fund was transferred to the Community Foundation so that it could continue to aid graduates of the Marcus Whitman Central School District in Ontario County, NY.

To make your own gift to this fund, click here.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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