One of the objectives of the Lancaster County Farm and Home Foundation is to encourage the higher education of the youth of Lancaster County. In this respect, the Foundation is announcing the offering of scholarship awards for students beginning their freshman year in 2008 studying Agriculture or Family and Consumer Sciences.Each scholarship award will be in the amount of $1, 000 per year renewable for up to four years and may be used to help defray tuition, fees, or room and board expenses at any accredited educational institution, which offers a course of study in Agriculture or Family and Consumer Sciences. Scholarships are awarded on financial need, leadership, and academic achievements.

The Farm and Home Foundation Scholarships are earnings from an Irrevocable Trust Fund set up by the late Elmer L. Esbenshade, one of the founders of the Lancaster County Farm and Home Foundation. The income from this trust fund will be offered annually in the form of educational scholarships through the Farm and Home Foundation. Since its inception, 432 scholarships have been awarded with a total value of over $441, 925.

Scholarship applications are available from Senior Guidance Counselors in all school districts in Lancaster County, the Penn State Cooperative Extension office of Lancaster County (phone: 717-394-6851) and at its website: http://lancaster.extension.psu.ed u/, and at the Farm and Home Center website: www.farmandhomecenter.com.

Interested youth are urged to contact their Senior Guidance Counselor for details and an application blank. Additional information is also available from Chester D. Hughes, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 (phone: 717-394-6851). Application forms must be forwarded by April 11, 2005.

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