This fund awards two scholarships: one for Berks County residents pursuing a master’s degree in social work, and one for Berks County residents furthering their education in a mechanical technology field, automotive technology field, technical field, or trade, or a Wilson High School student majoring in engineering.
This fund was established in 2016 by the three daughters of Marjorie and Wilbur Haupt to honor their parent’s memory. Marjorie Haupt was raised in New York City, graduated from Cornell University, and was employed by the County of Oswego, New York, as a social worker. Marjorie’s long career in social work focused on child welfare, children’s mental health, and children in the foster care system.
Wilbur was raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute and later from Cornell University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and throughout the years was employed at Textile Machine Works, Sealright, Inc., and Martin Gillette, and owned and operated a Chrysler-Plymouth Dealership in Watkins Glen, NY. Wilbur loved cars – old and new – and was a member of various car clubs in Michigan and Kansas.
While at Cornell, Marjorie met Wilbur and they married in 1948. Together they shared 66 years of marriage. They spent the latter part of their lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Wilbur passed away in 2014, and Marjorie passed away in 2016.
One scholarship will be awarded in memory of Marjorie Haupt to Berks County residents who are pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Applicants must be in their final year of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social work and plan to continue their education toward a master’s degree in social work, or have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work and are continuing their education toward a master’s degree in social work. Applicants may be furthering their education on a part-time or full-time basis.
In order to apply, applicants must have achieved a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or above.
Previous recipients of a scholarship from this fund may apply again in a subsequent year; however, previous recipients will not receive preferential treatment.
One scholarship will be awarded in memory of Wilbur Haupt to adults who are Berks County residents who have a high school degree; OR to high school seniors who are graduating from a high school located in Berks County, PA (these applicants must be furthering their education in a mechanical technology field, transportation/automotive technology field, technical field, or construction field… *see below for examples of each area of study… on a part-time or full-time basis at a vocational/technical school located in Berks County, PA); OR to applicants who are Wilson High School seniors who intend to pursue a 4-year degree in engineering at any educational institution on a full-time basis. In order to apply, applicants must have achieved a cumulative high school or technical school GPA of 3.0 or above.
Previous recipients of a scholarship from this fund, with the exception of the Wilson 4-year engineering student, may apply again in a subsequent year; however, previous recipients will not receive preferential treatment.
MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY – part-time or full-time – i.e. Robotics/Automation; Machine Shop; Welding/Metal Fabrication
AUTOMOTIVE/TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY – part-time or full-time – i.e. Auto Collision Repair; Automotive Technology; Diesel Truck Technology; Motorcycle, Marine & Small Engine Technology; Heavy Equipment
TECHNICAL AREA – part-time or full-time – i.e. Computerized Drafting; Electronics & Communication; Information Technology; Applications or Web Design
CONSTRUCTION TRADE AREA – part-time or full-time – Masonry; Building & Property Maintenance; Carpentry; Electrical; Painting & Decorating; Plumbing & Heating; HVAC
ENGINEERING – 4-year, full-time (WILSON HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ONLY)
Deadline & Cycle
This fund awards scholarships for Berks County residents to (a) pursue master's degrees in social work, or (b) further their education in the mechanical, technical, trade, or automotive fields, and it also awards scholarships to (c) Wilson High School seniors majoring in engineering. This fund may also provide grants to youth in the Berks County foster care system where a nominal amount of assistance is likely to yield life-changing outcomes.
January 1 - March 1
Scholarships and Awards