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The Michael Dean Gibbs Foundation Announces Spring Scholarship Program for Licking County Youth

Updated: Mar 13

Licking County, OH — The Michael Dean Gibbs Foundation (MDGF) released the application for its first-ever individual scholarship program to support Licking County students’ extracurricular activities and community projects. All students (up to grade 12) who attend a Licking County school may apply for the scholarship through May 8.*

The MDGF Scholarship may be used to fund a broad array of academic, artistic, sports-related, and other extracurricular activities and may be used for tuition, fees, equipment, uniforms, supplies, or anything else that supports the extracurricular interest. In addition, scholarship funds may be used to help a student implement a community project like an Eagle Scout or Girl Scout project.

To apply for the MDGF Scholarship, students must complete an application form found on and submit a letter of interest and proof of financial need. Applicants are also encouraged to provide proof of cost for the extracurricular activity or community project, letters of support, and other supporting materials such as a picture of a work of art they created.

The MDGF is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout all of Licking County community. Toward that end, the Foundation recently sent letters to community leaders asking them to identify students who may benefit from the MDGF Scholarship. In addition, we open our scholarship to all students regardless of race, national origin, religion, (dis)ability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, history of pregnancy, or other category protected by law.

Last fall, the MDGF held its public launch and raised over $20,000 to support the Foundation’s mission. “We were so thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of support for Michael and the students of Licking County, who will forever benefit from his legacy,” said Mariah Gibbs, a Kindergarten teacher at Granville Elementary School and one of the founders of the Foundation.

This support could not come at a better time. Recent surveys show that families of all stripes are struggling to afford their kids’ after-school activities, and there is evidence that the lack of access to extracurricular activities can push underserved students even further behind their peers. “Extracurricular activities are critical not only for a student’s academic development, but they also promote key life skills and help kids develop a sense of belonging and purpose,” Gibbs said.

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*The deadline may be extended in light of the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. We will post any updates here.


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