Youth & Scholarships

Youth Exchange

Each spring, students from Lichtenfels, Germany visit Vandalia for 3 weeks. They stay with a high school student and their family (host family) and attend Butler High School. Then, in the summer, the Butler student visits Licthenfels to stay with their German counterpart and his/her family, for 3 weeks.


The host families involve their student in their daily lives and activities. The families often share their background while also learning about their visitor's culture.

If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Kelly Pike - .



      Three scholarships to assist with first year college tuition will be offered, by Sister Cities of Vandalia, to students who are residents of the Vandalia Butler district, graduate from Butler High School or an accredited private high school, or are dependent children of sister Cities members.  Eligible applicants shall have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and have completed two or more years of a foreign language.  The Walter L. Lakin Memorial Award will be in amount of $2,000 and two other scholarships in the amount of $1,000 may be awarded each year.


Criteria for selection includes:

(1)   involvement in international organizations or activities,

(2)   participation in school and community organizations and activities,

(3)   future personal and academic goals, and

(4)   financial need

Preference will be given to students whose experience or goals foster positive international relationships.

Applicants must provide:

(1)   one letter of reference (from an  employer, service organization administrator, coach or teacher)

(2)   an essay stating how the student has helped support international friendship and understanding,

(3)   an official high school transcript.

     Winners will be announced at the annual Senior Awards Night and by letter.  Scholarship checks will be written to both the student and the educational institution to cover tuition costs.

Sophomore Year Scholarships

Scholarship winners may request an additional $1,000 award for the sophomore year if they have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 at the end of the first year of study.  Request for this additional support may be made by application (click the pdf icon below) and must include a transcript of the entire first year.  Requests must be received by July 1. Please send applications to


Previous Scholarship Winners