Pauline M. Whitekettle Scholarship Fund for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Pauline Whitekettle was a life-long resident of Perry County having died in the house in which she was born. She taught the second grade for 40 years in the Newport Schools. In retirement, she never missed Friday lunch and Saturday breakfast at Bitting’s, the well-known local restaurant, where she would routinely see her former students, their children and their grand-children, all of which were her students.  

Ms. Whitekettle was a world-wide traveler having been on every continent and in more than a hundred countries. She traveled with fellow teachers creating an educational adventure. Her home was filled with artifacts from her travel adventures but she often lamented that she could not find anything that would not melt to bring home from Antarctica.  

She had a very special attachment to her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Newport, PA and of course the children of the church. She often said that she wanted to take care of her children of the church but they had to earn it.

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

Graduating high school seniors can express interest in this scholarship opportunity by completing the online scholarship interest form. Click here to access the online scholarship interest form. You can access and submit the interest form beginning January 1.  

If you are eligible to apply, you will receive confirmation of your eligibility. When you have completed your first year in college, you will receive instructions on how to submit a full application. Full applications will be due no later than June 1. 

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June 1


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  1. Resident of the greater Newport area (defined as students residing in the Newport School District or those with a Newport address.) Extra consideration will be given to students who are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newport, Pennsylvania and active in the church for a minimum of 3 years 
  2. Student must be entering their second, third, or fourth year in college 
  3. Extra consideration will be given to students who submit the online scholarship interest form as a graduating high school senior 
  4. Academic proficiency- minimum GPA 2.5 
  5. Community involvement  
  6. Financial need 
  7. Full-time or part-time attendance in college  
  8. Essay
  9. 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.


Please describe your involvement in your local and college community. If applicable, please describe the involvement you have had with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the length of time; 500 words maximum. 


This scholarship will automatically renew for up to three years provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

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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