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Samuel D. Hartley Memorial Scholarship

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Nov 15, 2024
Winners Announced
Dec 15, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
3.0 or higher
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate or gradaute

Samuel D. Hartley served in the US Air Force from 1959 to 1963, where he played a crucial role in developing the film and prints of the missile sites during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Afterward, he pursued his education at York College and held several employment positions throughout his career. Sam was a sales representative and district manager for Equitable Life Assurance Society for 12 years, a manufacturing representative for Garland Roofing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, for 15 years, and worked for the PA Dept. of Revenue for five years. 

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Sam was an active member of his community. He was a former member of the Gettysburg Elks Club and a current member of the American Legion. Sam was an avid golfer and had been an active participant in the Gettysburg Country Club for more than five decades. As a child, he had the opportunity to caddie for President Eisenhower on several occasions. Sam was recognized for his contributions to the sport in 2019 when he was elected to the Adams County Sports Hall of Fame for golf.

The Samuel D. Hartley Memorial Scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to students passionate about golf and striving to achieve their dreams in their chosen field as a tribute to the late Samuel D. Hartley. 

High school seniors, undergraduates or graduates who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are golfers are eligible to apply. 

To apply, please share why you deserve the Samuel D Hartley Memorial Scholarship and what makes you a great candidate. 

Selection Criteria:
Passion, Golf
Published January 24, 2024
Essay Topic

Please tell us why you should be considered for the Samuel D. Hartley Memorial Scholarship.

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Joshua Fair
Gettysburg Area High SchoolGettysburg, PA
As I consider my next steps beyond graduation, I know a few things for certain. First, I know that my passion for learning more about the vast world of computer science and technology will continue to grow. Through the coursework at high school, my independent study, my love for gaming and the endless possibilities in the technology world (not to mention the influence of my dad, who is a software engineer), I know that I am on a path to becoming more confident and competitive in this field. I am excited about what lies ahead for me in college and beyond, as I pursue a degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on Game Design and Development. Second, my love of golf will continue to be a huge part of my life. Golf gives me a connection to my family. My parents, my sister, my Nana, and aunt and uncle all play. My parents introduced me to golf at a very young age by enrolling me in Operation 36, a golf program designed to teach beginners. I took additional lessons recently to help me improve my golf game, and as a result, I made the varsity golf team for Gettysburg High School in my junior year. I’m preparing for the upcoming golf season by playing regularly with my family and teammates. I have found that golf can be a release from a stressful day at school or work, and can strengthen me in body and spirit. It can lift me up and humble me in the same round. It is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. As demonstrated by my Pappy before he passed away, and by my Nana who continues to play, golf is a sport that lasts a lifetime. My whole family has some connection to this sport, and I know it will remain a part of who I am. I will continue to play golf for as long as possible, and one day, hope to share my passion for golf with my children. Lastly, I am proud of how I have balanced challenging classes, sports, a job, community service and church commitments while maintaining a 3.96 GPA and fulfilling my obligations as a member of the National Honor Society. I have consistently signed up for classes in high school that will benefit me in college, and ultimately, in the future. When I enter the workforce I plan to pursue my dream of becoming a video game developer. I sincerely hope that I have been able to share a narrative of myself that shows I am committed to improving myself in the classroom, on the golf course and in my future. I am thankful for the opportunity to apply to the Samuel D. Hartley Memorial Scholarship and appreciate your consideration.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on Dec 15, 2024.