The Lewes Fire Department annually awards a scholarship to an applicant who will attend an institution of higher learning. The scholarship is now endowed by the estate of Eleanor Depenbrock.
The Thornton A. Shipley Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is residing within the Lewes Fire District or is a child of a Lewes Fire Department member. A fire district map is included on the website with the Shipley Scholarship application so potential applicants can check to determine their eligibility. Applicants may be students from any high school as long as they are residents of the fire district.
The scholarship is only for the first year of the applicant's attendance at a college or university of choice in the amount of $1,500, payable to the college or university the recipient will attend. In case of a two-way tie, the amount will be divided and each recipient will be awarded $750.
The scholarship committee will base the awards on the applicant's scholastic record, service to school and community, letters of recommendation, and other relevant information provided by the applicant.
Applications also will be available at the Lewes Fire Department, Station One, 347 Savannah Road, Lewes. The deadline for receipt of the completed application packet is Thursday, April 30.
Packets may be mailed to the Lewes Fire Department, Attention: Scholarship, P.O. Box 225, Lewes, DE 19958 or hand delivered to Station One at 347 Savannah Road, Lewes. Packets received after midnight, April 30, will not be considered; no exceptions. The applicant shall submit a completed application form; an essay, not to exceed 500 words, noting the applicant's services to school and community; and other relevant information such as leadership roles, work experience and future goals; scholastic record to date including college entrance exam scores; three letters of recommendation; and notice of applicant's acceptance at a two- or four-year college or university, or a certification program such as nursing.
All information will be kept confidential and will be destroyed upon completion of the selection process.