The Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

Managed by College Now Greater Cleveland


Minimum GPA: 3.0

Location or High School: Solon High School

Field of Study: N/A

Deadline: N/A

Application Type: External

Leonard A. and Helen Russell Bretschneider Scholarship

Purpose: To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors of Solon High School who have attended for four years, achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and are planning to enroll full-time at an accredited nonprofit educational institution.

More about the program: Leonard A. and Helen Russell Bretschneider were lifelong residents of Solon, Ohio, who left money in their will for scholarships for Solon students. They wanted to award scholarships to graduating seniors who have attended Solon High School for four full years, to further their education. <br. The Bretschneiders wanted to support “good” students who have done well, but are not necessarily the top-achieving students in the class. They wanted to make the opportunity for post-high school education available to any student who is active in school life, who is a solid citizen in society and who has shown a positive effort in school.

Eligibility: Solon High School seniors with a 3.0 GPA or above

Application Method: Contact the Solon High School guidance office and find more information on the Solon City Schools website.

Selection Process: Selection criteria will be academic achievement (3.0 to 3.6 GPA), community involvement, financial need as determined by a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), acceptance letter from the academic institution to be attended, an essay, and two letters of reference—one from a community resource or Solon High School teacher and one from a Solon High School student. Additionally, the selection committee may request a personal interview.

Award Info: The award amount will be based on the performance of the fund and number of applicants selected, and will be prorated over four years. Award will be paid directly to the institution and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for coursework.

Awarded Student Requirements:
1. Maintain full-time enrollment status

2. Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA

Renewal: This award has historically been renewable for a maximum of 4 total years provided the student meets the scholarship requirements and funding remains available.