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.
This fund will provide two annual scholarships as follows:
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 towards a master’s degree in social work, or have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work and are continuing their education towards 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. In addition to completing an on-line application, applicants must submit their college transcript and will be asked to write an essay that addresses the following topic: Explain what influenced you to choose a career in the field of social work, and explain the type of social work in which you plan to specialize. Recipients will be selected based on academic performance, community service, work experience in the field of social work, financial need, and response to the essay. Preference will be given to applicants who will be specializing in child welfare and/or children’s mental health. Previous recipients of a scholarship from this fund may apply again in a subsequent year; however, previous recipients will not receive preferential treatment.
The second scholarship will be awarded in memory of Wilbur Haupt to high school seniors who are graduating from high schools located in Berks County, PA, or to adults who are Berks County residents who have a high school degree. Applicants must be furthering their education in a mechanical technology field or an automotive technology field on a part-time or full-time basis at a vocational/technical school located in Berks County, PA, specifically Berks Career & Technology Center or Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center; or applicants may be 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 GPA of 3.0 or 85% or higher. Recipients will be selected based on academic performance, community service, work experience in a mechanical or automotive technology field, financial need, and response to an essay. Applicants will be asked to write an essay that addresses the following topic: Explain your future career goals, and explain what influenced you to pursue a career in the mechanical technology field, automotive technology field, or the field of engineering (depending on your chosen major). Previous recipients of a scholarship from this fund may apply again in a subsequent year; however, previous recipients will not receive preferential treatment.
Scholarship selection process
Berks County Community Foundation will make the Berks County community aware of this opportunity, specifically, the Berks County high schools, Berks County colleges, and vocational/technical institutions listed above. An application will be available on the Berks County Community Foundation website, www.bccf.org, between January 15th and March 15th each year.
The scholarships will be selected by Berks County Community Foundation’s scholarship selection committee. The Community Foundation should be supplied with the name, address, and phone number of the scholarship recipients and name and address of the educational institution selected by the recipients by the first week in May.
The Community Foundation will send a congratulatory letter to the recipients. The Community Foundation will send regret letters to the applicants who were not selected.
The Community Foundation will notify the schools of the scholarships and will send the checks to the educational institution in August, payable jointly to the student and the school.