Leonard A. and Helen Russell Bretschneider Scholarship

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Amount: varies to a maximum of $16,000 over 4 years
Location or HS: Solon High School
App Type: External

Purpose: To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors of Solon High School who have attended for four years, achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and plan on attending a two-year, four-year, or vocational school on a full-time basis.

About the program: Leonard A. and Helen Russell Bretschneider were lifelong residents of Solon, Ohio, who left money in their will for scholarships for Solon students. They wanted to award scholarships to graduating seniors who have attended Solon High School for four full years, to further their education in a two-year, four-year, or vocational school. The Bretschneiders wanted to support “good” students who have done well, but are not necessarily the top-achieving students in the class. They wanted to make the opportunity for post-high school education available to any student who is active in school life, who is a solid citizen in society, and who has shown a positive effort in school.


  • Applicants must be current Solon High School graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational school on a full-time basis.
  • Applicants must have attended Solon High school for four years.
  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale.

To apply: Download an application from the Solon City Schools website

Selection process: A selection committee will review the information supplied in the application materials and choose the scholarship recipients. Criteria will be academic achievement (3.0 GPA or better), community involvement, financial need as determined by a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), acceptance letter from the academic institution to be attended, an essay, and two letters of reference—one from a community resource or Solon High School teacher and one from a Solon High School student. Additionally, the selection committee may request a personal interview.

Award process: The annual award amount will be based on the performance of the fund and number of applicants selected. The general award amount is $16,000, prorated over four years, paid biannually in August and January provided the student meets the requirements listed below. Awards will be announced at the Solon Senior Awards Program in May. Formal notification of award will be made by the Cleveland Foundation to the selected recipient(s).  Awards will be paid to the school for the benefit of the student and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for coursework.

Recipient requirements:

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment status and progress toward a degree
  2. Submit a grade report via email for each term (min 2.75 GPA required)
  3. A thank you note to the donors and selection committee members of this fund is not required but always appreciated and may be sent via email.

Renewable Award: This award will be renewed for a maximum of 4 total years support provided the student meets the scholarship requirements and funding remains available. See the Scholarship How to Apply web page for Renewal Instructions and deadline.