Heritage Fund opens application process

Applications sought for music competition

Online applications are available for the 2016 Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence and the Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence. Both are administered by Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

The competitions are scheduled for Feb. 13 at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St.

High school seniors who are Bartholomew County residents are eligible to compete for college scholarships through the competition. The first-place performer in each senior competition receives a $3,500 award and may be given an invitation to perform with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. High school sophomores and juniors who are residents of Bartholomew County can compete for scholarships for music lessons or camps.

Independent judges from area colleges and universities will critique participants’ technique, interpretation and general musicianship. Students may apply at hfbcscholarships.communityforce.com/Login.aspx. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

The Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence were established through the Heritage Fund in 1985 by Robert and Betty Brown to honor Robert Brown’s mother, Anna Newell Brown. She was a distinguished vocalist and contributed greatly to the cultural life of the Bartholomew County community. The Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence were established by Robert N. Brown in memory of Betty. Mrs. Brown was a well-known and highly respected advocate and patron of the arts, both locally and statewide. The scholarships aim to encourage formal vocal and music education for Bartholomew County students.

National achievement program announced

AXA Advisors LLC, Indianapolis, is announcing the AXA Achievement Scholarship.

Through the scholarship program, 52 students, one from each state and one each from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will be selected for one-time scholarships of $10,000 each.

From the pool of those winners, 10 students will be selected as national winners, earning an extra scholarship of $15,000.

The online scholarship application is at axa-achievement.com and must be submitted by Dec. 15.

Heritage Fund opens scholarship process

Heritage fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County is accepting online applications for the 2016 scholarship season.

Students may create user accounts and access scholarship information, criteria and applications at hfbcscholarships.communityforce.com/Login.aspx. A listing of scholarships, eligibility requirements and the application link also is available at heritagefundbc.org, under the scholarships heading. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

In addition, Heritage Fund is partnering with the National Center for College Costs to provide families with estimates of college costs across all Indiana campuses.

In an effort to provide scholarship recipients with an earlier notice of their awards prior to National College Decision Day on May 1, Heritage Fund will notify its scholarship recipients via email by mid-April. Students not receiving a scholarship also will receive emailed confirmation.

Heritage Fund awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships in 2015 to 115 area students. Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, college students, graduate school students and non-traditional students.

Vectren provides energy safety program to kids

Vectren Energy Delivery and the National Energy Foundation presented Energy Safe Kids to Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. schools and private schools from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30.

Based on the fourth-grade curriculum, the program uses classroom presentations and take-home energy safety booklets to educate children about natural gas safety.

Energy Safe Kids presentations were given at Columbus Signature Academy, Fodrea campus; Southside Elementary School, L.C. Schmitt Elementary School, Rockcreek Elementary School and White Creek Lutheran School.