Jerry Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund

Born in 1962 in McConnellsburg, PA and raised in rural Mercersburg, Jerry was an accomplished musician and songwriter. He was chosen at an early age by his hometown minister who noted that his hands were going to be used to do the work of the Lord. He graduated from James Buchanan High School in 1980 and went on to pursue his love of music. He accomplished his dreams and goals through his music career from meeting his “heroes” in the gospel music industry, sharing the stage with many, to getting to know them as personal friends. Jerry touched many lives across the United States and into Canada with his music and with this scholarship fund to benefit students at James Buchanan High School, he can continue to touch people’s lives and make a difference. 

This scholarship is a fund of the Franklin County Community Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC.

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March 15


1 Winner/Up to $500

Scholarship FAQ


  1. Graduating high school senior from James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, PA 
  2. Plans to pursue some type of career in music 
  3. Financial need 
  4. Essay
  5. Supplemental documents. This may include a resume, letter(s) of recommendation, transcript, FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), or other scholarship-specific documents. Specific requirements are noted in the application.


Why have you chosen music to pursue? What causes music to be a passion? What are your goals in your music career? 2-4 pages.


Recipients of this scholarship may apply again for up to three consecutive years. Students must submit a full application but may be prompted to complete a different essay.

Would you like to support the ? You can make a donation directly to this fund, to help grow its impact and ability to provide educational resources for students in our community — forever!


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