The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation has announced it will award scholarship funding to deserving faculty members of the Tamaqua Area School District.

The non-profit foundation was formed in November, 2009 to work independently to assist Tamaqua Area with projects outside of the district's budget.

"Acting autonomously, the foundation will enlist individuals, corporations and foundations in charitable resource raising activities to assist our students in achieving our maximum potential," reads its mission statement.

The foundation's first official action was the donation of nine Apple iPads, worth $4,770, to the Tamaqua Area High School Library in September.

The foundation has also received a boost last month from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, which presented its board members with a donation of $1,000 towards its efforts.

Making the presentation to the foundation were Peter Sherry, Wachovia Wells Fargo district manager, and Joe Wozniski, personal banker for the Tamaqua office of Wachovia Wells Fargo.

For its next project, the foundation is seeking applications from Tamaqua Area teachers, including the libraries and guidance departments, for grant funding for projects that will benefit the students of the district.

"We will be awarded up to five scholarships, not to exceed $500 each," said Walter Kruczek, vice president of the foundation.

Those interested must submit their proposals to Tamaqua Area Superintendent Carol Makuta. The deadline is Dec. 15, said Kruczek.

The foundation will then make the final selections of the scholarship winners. The awards will be made at the foundation's annual meeting on Feb. 19, 2011 at the Tamaqua train station.

The grants will be for projects proposed for spring or fall 2011. The applications must include cost estimates and why there is a need for the project.

"The foundation wants to continue to be in the public eye, and we feel these scholarships will allow us to do that," stated Kruczek.