ANNA - Graduating high school seniors, take note: The deadline to apply for assistance from of the Anna High School Scholarship Foundation is fast approaching.


Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. April 3 in order to be considered.


The foundation was founded by Jim Rountree and his family, who wanted to give graduating seniors assistance for college because they believed in the importance of education.


Rountree recently stepped back from leading the foundation to focus on his heath.


Dr. Jeff Ludlow now serves as president, and Roundtree’s daughter, Marilee Gaughan, will assume the vice president’s role. Thomas O’Neal is the foundation’s treasurer.


Each year, the Anna High School Scholarship foundation has grown to help more students.


“The applications are based on both need and merit,” said Ludlow, who has been active with the foundation for more than a decade. “What I really love about it is that it’s a four-year scholarship, as well. It’s designed to get them through college and graduated.”


After the application deadline, the foundation’s board will evaluate the applications it received and interview finalists. Typically, three or four students earn its scholarships each year.


The 2020 recipients will be announced at an awards banquet this spring.


Last year, the Anna High School Scholarship Foundation gave $2,000 to each recipient. If students maintain at least a B average, they will get another $2,000 for their sophomore, junior and senior years.


Currently, the foundation awards about $30,000 each year for scholarships.


Ludlow is committed to growing the foundation to help more students.


Part of that will include finding ways to encourage more donations. A new website is expected to help streamline the process.


Ludlow, along with Anna Dental, the practice he founded, will also host a charity golf tournament in August. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000 - a number he hopes to top this year.


“We’re in a transition period, but we are all super motivated to keep it going and are very proud of what the Rountree family has done,” Ludlow said.