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Celebrating Community Foundation Week: Melvin J. & Beatrice Vance Keller Memorial Scholarship

The Melvin J. and Beatrice Vance Keller Memorial Scholarship, originally named the Melvin J. Keller Memorial Scholarship, was started in 2008 by Beatrice Keller.

“When my father passed away in 2008, my mother wanted to honor him with a scholarship fund that would help area students and communities for many years,” said daughter Judy Haines.  When her mother passed away in 2011, the name of the fund was changed to include her.

Education was always a priority in the Keller home. Beatrice was a French and English teacher for the Connellsville School District, while Melvin served on the school board for Connellsville School District for many years.  He was very civic minded and involved in many organizations.

“Creating a legacy in my father’s name was important to my mother and we are honored to be able to continue this process in their names year after year. If students are encouraged and helped to fulfill their dreams and become teachers, imagine the lives that are touched by this award?  Each family who gets involved in the Community Foundation of Fayette County does it for a reason so there are many stories to be told. I am happy to share our story,” said Judy.

Graduating seniors from Connellsville Area High School and Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, and students who have received the award in previous years, going into the field of education are eligible to apply. Awards are based on academic achievement and proven financial need.

“I would encourage others to consider the CFFC. All donations to the fund are tax deductible,” she added.