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Luke Barbour Scholarship

The Scholarship is given to two High School seniors with at least a "B" average.


    The Luke Barbour scholarship was first awarded in 1995. It is named after Luke Barbour, a prominent Descanso resident aptly called "Mr. Descanso." Many years ago, the Town Hall Association had become dormant. Luke began the "Booster Club" to reactivate the Town Hall Association to what it is today. He likewise instituted the annual Descanso Fair and Parade. These actions brought about the resurrection of the Town Hall Association.

    Luke was also interested in the betterment of Descanso´s young people, so this scholarship is aimed at that purpose. Two recipients will each receive $1500 to be sent to the school of their choice, to be used for books and/or tuition.

Download application and rules here.

    Applications for 2017 can be found at many Descanso area businesses. Eligible applicants must be the son/daughter of a Descanso resident or the son/daughter of a Descanso Town Hall Association member (membership held for a minimum of three months). Applicants are required to have a “B” average or higher (a transcript is required) and plan to attend a two-year or four-year college, university, technical school, or beauty school. The competition requires completion of a 500-word essay in which applicants describe the qualities they most admire about their parent(s) or guardian(s). The deadline for entries is April 29, 2017.

A brief interview process will take place after applications have been received. Application packets will be distributed throughout the community (available at the library, post office, and Perkins) and can be downloaded from the Descanso Town Hall Association website after March 5. For more information or to request an electronic copy of the application, please contact Linda Hoody, Scholarship Committee Chair, by calling 619.445.7175.

    Many, many thanks must go to the good people of Descanso for their continuing kind support and monetary contributions towards this scholarship to keep it going. And, special blessings to all of you for helping to make a college education possible for all these special young people.

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