The Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Educational Foundation is accepting applications for its 2013 scholarships. The nonprofit foundation annually awards scholarships to area graduating high school students. The scholarship is distinctive in that it goes to students whose academic performance has been hindered by extreme hardship during their high school years, but who are highly motivated to continue their education. The foundation was created in 1997 by Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, a 140-acre cemetery on Lake Street, along the shores of Lake Suntaug. Since 1998, the foundation has awarded nearly $70,000 in scholarships to students from Peabody and surrounding communities. “Education has always been an integral part of our community outreach efforts,” Lawrence J. Glynn, the foundation’s director, said in a statement. “We want to identify and recognize those students who have had to put family first and academics second throughout their high school career and help provide the momentum needed to further their education.” For more information, or to receive a scholarship application, call 978-535-3660. The deadline to apply is April 16.