February 01, 2018
The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF), a publicly-supported foundation, is pleased to announce a partnership with a private foundation to provide scholarships to local students.
The Ralph W. Young Family Foundation (Young Foundation) was created as a private foundation in 2002 by Mr. Young to provide scholarships to area students. If it weren’t for the scholarship he received from the Westmoreland Country Club, Mr. Young might not have been able to attend college. He started working as a caddy at the Club at the age of nine and over the years worked his way up to Caddy Master. At the Club, he was known for his strong work ethic. When he was ready to begin college, he was awarded a Caddy Scholarship that covered part of his tuition as a Business Administration student at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Young enjoyed a long and successful career as a Certified Public Accountant, during which he was an active member of the communities in which he lived. In his will, he provided for the establishment of the Ralph W. Young Family Foundation to help other enterprising students as he was helped by that Caddy Scholarship.
Since 2008, members of Mr. Young’s family who serve as Trustees of the Young Foundation have been facilitating the scholarship selection process. But those Trustees have since relocated to another community and have asked the WCCF to facilitate the scholarship selection process beginning with the 2018 graduating class.
“Promoting and facilitating philanthropy is our business and so we are very pleased to partner with the Trustees of the Ralph W. Young Family Foundation to provide scholarships to local students,” remarked Betsie Trew, Washington County Community Foundation President & CEO. “One of the challenges for the Trustees of the Young Foundation was the tremendous amount of paperwork involved in the scholarship process. With this new partnership, students will apply electronically through our website, which will significantly streamline the overall process.”
The WCCF is currently accepting applications for the Ralph W. Young Family Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors from Bethlehem-Center, Charleroi Area, and Ringgold High Schools. Students may be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in any field of study, however, they must be attending a public post-secondary educational institution within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applicants must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 throughout high school and demonstrate financial need and good citizenship. Applications must be submitted electronically using the online Post-Secondary Scholarship Application available on www.wccf.net.
Up to $80,000 in scholarships will be awarded from the Fund this spring. Students selected to receive a scholarship as a graduating senior may be eligible for up to three subsequent year scholarships provided they maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at a public post-secondary educational facility in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additional information about the Ralph W. Young Family Scholarship Fund and Mr. Young’s inspiring story can be found on the WCCF’s website www.wccf.net.
The Washington County Community Foundation manages more than 150 charitable funds which serve to improve the quality of life in Washington County. It also facilitates an annual day of giving which benefits more than 100 local charities and is nearing completion of the rehabilitation of the Samuel T. Brownlee House in Eighty Four. The WCCF may be reached at 724-222-6330.