Thomas J. Urban Memorial Scholarship

The Thomas J. Urban Memorial Scholarship was established by the Urban Family in honor of Tom Urban, who as a lifelong educator, devoted family man and a person of great integrity, made a value-laden, lasting impression on the lives of the people he influenced. Mr. Urban served as the Henry-Senachwine School District Superintendent from 1999 to 2010. During his tenure he remained committed to his vision of a student-centered approach to education. Tom always kept student interests on the forefront, even when the most difficult decisions were to be made. As a result, he established himself as a respected leader among students, parents, teachers, administrators and the school community.

Those associated with Tom remember him as a man of action. Tom is remembered as a person who loved his family, his friends, being a family man and being an educator. Tom was always giving more of himself for the benefit of others. It is in memory of Mr. Thomas J. Urban that this scholarship was established.

All seniors with post-secondary plans to further their education are encouraged to apply for this $1000 scholarship.

The criteria which the applications will be evaluated include the following:

-Academic Performance

  • Overall, cumulative performance
  • Improved academic performance

-Extra-Curricular/Community/Family Involvement

  • Commitment to school organizations, athletics, etc.
  • Commitment to community groups, panels, interests.
  • Commitment to family life

-Post Secondary plans

  • College/Trade School/Other Institutions
  • Student vision for own education
  • Specific need for scholarship funding

To apply students must submit an essay not to exceed two pages [double-spaced, typed, Times New Roman 12-font, include applicant name] to Mrs. Self by Friday, April 17, 2020. They essay needs to include the following:

-The applicant's perception and description of their academic performance as it relates to pursuing their post-secondary plans.
-The applicant's perception and description of how their extracurricular, community and/or family commitments have contributed toward their development.
-A description of the applicant's vision for their education and post-secondary plan.
-The applicant's perception of how their experiences in the Henry-Senachwine School District shaped their post-secondary plan/vision.
-Detail any specific need the applicant has for scholarship funding.

The essays will be reviewed by a committee designated by the Urban Family and a scholarship selection will be determined. The student who is selected as the recipient of the Thomas J. Memorial Scholarship will receive $1000 toward an institution which support the applicant's post-secondary plan and is approved by the Urban Family. Also, the recipient will have their name engraved on a plaque, which will be on display at Henry-Senachwine High School. By entering an essay, the applicant understands that there is no right to appeal the scholarship selection, as the scholarship selection is determined at the discretion of the committee designated by the Urban Family. The scholarship will be transacted in a way that ensures the financial contributions are received by the college, institution or organization intended.

Past Recipients:

2021 -

2020 -

2019 - Hunter Schrock

2018 - Matthew Boucher

2017 - Jordan Killen

2016 - Autumn Eklund

2015 - Macayla Greider

2014 - Kentessa Hartwig

2013 - Jacob Hofer

2012 - Makenzie Bogner

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