David H. Utter Memorial Award

Purpose of Scholarship

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

Application Period

Contact school counselor beginning in December to learn more about this scholarship opportunity

Number and Size of Awards

$1,500; split between two to four recipients. 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 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 application process is coordinated by the Marcus Whitman High School Counseling Office, where application instructions are available if applicable.

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. 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 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

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.


Email Scholarships@racf.org or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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