Collins-Clark Education Scholarship
Frances M. Clark was born in Beloit on August 6, 1911 the oldest of four to Judge John B. Clark and Mary Collins-Clark. She attended Beloit schools. During the depression, she graduated in library science from UW-Madison. Her siblings also received college degrees during this difficult economic time. She and her family valued and were thankful for their educations. Her career was as head librarian of the Beloit Public Library on West Grand, and before her retirement, managing the move to the current location. She was an avid reader and promoted that value to thousands of young people in the city of Beloit. She died on June 11, 2004 at age 92. Because of her commitment to education and loyalty to Beloit, she donated funds to the Stateline Community Foundation to create four-year scholarships for deserving Beloit students to attend a Wisconsin University or County Technical School. It is in honor of her parents, who provided her and her siblings an education, that this scholarship is given. In addition to the initial scholarship, this award will be given for the three succeeding years provided the recipient maintains both a full course load (12 credit minimum) and a cumulative grade point average of C. Any graduate of an accredited Beloit high school (within the city or township); Student must attend a Wisconsin State University or County Technical School; Scholastic ability and a strong desire to succeed; Financial need (You must include a copy of your FAFSA); Finalists will be interviewed and may be asked to provide a copy of financial aid offer.
The selection committee review applications and select at least three to interview. They should strive to find that student that is not receiving other scholarships because they are not quite the best but have a strong desire to succeed and enough academic ability to do so. Because of their financial need they would not be able to receive a post high school education without this scholarship. If possible, the committee should favor minorities and women.