Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust

The Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust Fund of Berks County Community Foundation was established in December 2003. Judge Russell L. Hiller, a 60-year resident of Shillington, PA, passed away in May 2003 at the age of 97. Judge Hiller spent 26 years as a federal bankruptcy judge in Reading. Throughout his years in Shillington, he spent much of his time taking walks through the Shillington Borough park and relaxing on a bench which overlooked the Governor Mifflin schools. The pursuit of education was Hiller’s lifelong love. In his will he established a scholarship fund to benefit Governor Mifflin High School students.

The fund will award five scholarships, each in the amount of $5,000, to graduating seniors of Governor Mifflin High School who have achieved high scholastic and personal development, and who have plans to continue their education at the college level, and who are in need of financial assistance beyond that which their parents can afford.

To be considered for this scholarship, submit this application between January 1st and February 26th. Applicants will be notified in April.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a senior who attends Governor Mifflin High School?
  2. Will you be furthering your education after high school?
  3. Answer the following questions regarding your PARENTS' INCOME, EXPENSE, and ASSET DATA for the year January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. If tax return for 2019 income is not yet complete, submit estimates based on current income information. Applicant will have to get information from parent/s to complete this section. NOTE: If legally classified as an independent student, use this section to supply your (and your spouse's, if any) financial information. ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS WILL NOT BE VISIBLE TO ANY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS OR TEACHERS.
    • a. Adjusted gross income (IRS Form 1040 - Line 8b). If none, enter 0.
    • b. Total federal tax paid (IRS Form 1040 - Line 16). If none, enter 0.
    • c. Total income of father or self if independent student. If none, enter 0.
    • d. Total income of mother. If none, enter 0.
    • e. Yearly UNTAXED income and benefits, i.e. Social Security, AFDC, Child Support, Other. If none, enter 0.
    • f. Indicate the source of the untaxed income and benefits noted in previous answer. If 0 untaxed income and benefits, select Not Applicable.
    • g. Medical/Dental expenses not paid by insurance (exclude premiums). If none, enter 0.
    • h. Total cash, checking, savings, cash value of stocks, etc. (exclude retirement plan funds, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.) If none, enter 0.
    • i. Total number of family members living in the household and primarily supported by the reported income.
    • j. Marital status of parent/legal guardian or independent student's current marital status (check one).
    • k. Total number of family members attending a postsecondary school at least half-time during the 2020-2021 school year, including appicant - do not include parents in this number.
    • l. Annual cost of student's (applicant's) school (include tuition, room and meals).
    • m. Total of other scholarships/awards/grants student (applicant) is receiving (excluding loans). If none, enter 0.
  4. Write an essay (between 150 and 400 words) that addresses the following topic: Explain your anticipated post-secondary educational direction and your anticipated career plans.