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With average student loan debt creeping up toward $30,000, every little bit of scholarship money helps.

And Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County is helping to reduce that burden on local students. The nonprofit recently announced that it has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to Bartholomew County high school and college students.

Since the first scholarship fund was created at Heritage Fund in 1984, more than 1,400 local students have received more than $3 million in scholarships.

The awards are made possible by community donors who establish educational grants for general and specific areas of study.

Donors and recipients mingled at a recent ice cream social at Heritage Fund.

Andrew Brougher, an Indiana University Medical School student, is a two-time recipient of the Probst Medical School Scholarship. He had the opportunity to speak with the donor, Edward Probst.

“I am very appreciative of the scholarship,” said Brougher, a 2009 Columbus North High School graduate. “It helps offset money needed for school, and it’s nice to meet the great guy behind it.”

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