Class of 2016 is the first group of Gruver students to receive local scholarship

Class of 2016 is the first group of Gruver students to receive local scholarship

GRUVER, TX - For the first time after three years of work, Gruver high school seniors will be the first to receive a scholarship thanks to crops from a donated plot of land.

Corn crops have been planted and harvested on a donated 410 acre plot of land since 2012.

It's taken three years for the Gruver Farm Scholarship Foundation to gather enough profit to maintain a fund to help out these students.

Now the Foundation has an estimated $1.3 million to work with.

Most of this will go to graduating Gruver High School seniors to help them pay for college.

If possible, the fund will make the cost of college for these students absolutely free.

The school's business manager, Matt Messer, says the seniors have been working toward this scholarship since they were freshmen.

For almost four years, the students have been documenting every good grade, extracurricular activity, tardy, missed homework assignment, and numerous achievements to come out with a final number of points.

That number will determine how much scholarship money they receive for college.

One this is for sure: as long as they keep their GPA's up, the scholarship will be renewed every semester for four years.

Community members donated money, seeds and farming equipment to make this possible, and the Foundation hopes they can keep this fund running for many years to come.