The Frances and John Welles Science Scholarship was established by Frances and John Welles. John was born and raised on a dairy farm in Rosendale. He graduated Rosendale High School in 1942 and the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in chemistry. His wife of over 65 years, Frances, graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in chemistry as well. The couple both worked as chemists at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, where John retired after over 40 years. They later moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, before John's death on December 27, 2014.

John and Frances had four children, 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren before the time of his passing. The couple were involved with numerous volunteer and charity activities through their lives and together wanted to continue giving back to local communities. They established this scholarship to encourage students to pursue their shared interest in science and learning in a post-secondary educational institution. 


$1,000 renewable scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
A. A graduating senior of Laconia High School
Ranked in top 50% of high school graduating class based on high school transcript
Demonstrated interest / aptitude in science (as determined by the Laconia high school faculty)
Have completed two required science classes and have taken one or more of the advanced science electives:   *Anatomy & Physiology, *AP Biology, *Biotechnology Science, *Chemistry, *Forensic Science or *Physics
Written statement (300 words or less) on a separate 8 ½ by 11 page. Please answer one of the following questions:
What was the event that inspired your interest in science and why?
If you could invent something, what would it be and why?
Who is your favorite scientist, and why have they inspired you?
How do you see using science in your potential career?

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