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March 13, 2014

Scholarships available for seniors

JACKSONVILLE — A number of different scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors from throughout the county, including those offered by the Jacksonville Education Foundation.

The Marilyn Hedricks Sackett Jacksonville Health Professionals Scholarship is awarded to a Jacksonville High School graduate pursuing either a degree or technical certification in the field of health care. Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year accredited college in the United States approved by the Jacksonville Education Foundation, or a junior or community college and be accepted into a health careers program (if applicable) before tuition monies are expended – up to $5,000 – dependent on the type of program.

The Tim L. Smith Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of longtime Jacksonville resident, businessman, community leader and JHS alumnus Tim Smith. This fund allows funding for a multitude of scholarship opportunities for Jacksonville seniors pursuing higher education.

The Larry Garner Business Scholarship is an endowed scholarship that offers a $1,500 business award and scholarship to a deserving senior every year beginning this May.

The Susie Arnwine Waites Scholarship is open to African American students graduating from JHS this spring and who plan to attend college in the fall. The scholarship recipient will receive $500 a year for four years as long as he/she stays in college and is in good academic standing.

The Neta Hanna Cheerleader Scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a senior cheerleader each year as long as funds are available. Applicants must graduate from JHS this spring, be a JISD cheerleader and be enrolled in college this fall.

Applicants to the Joey Villavisencio Memorial Scholarship must be a JHS graduate who participated in band and athletics and who has been accepted into a four-year university. Applicants must also submit a written essay about a topic they are passionate about and how they see their passion bettering the lives of

others.

Applications can be downloaded from the Jacksonville Education Foundation website, http://jisdfoundation.org/JEF/Scholarships/Default.aspx, or contact the senior counselor at JHS. Applications are due by April 4.

Other scholarship offerings include:

• The Cherokee County Republican Club memorial scholarship, which is a 300-word essay competition. This year's subject is, “In your opinion, what are the core values and principles for today's Republican Party? How do you see these Republican core values and principles improving the future of our country? Identify at least three that are, in your opinion, the most important to you and your generation. Explain why.”

The competition is open to residents of Cherokee County who are part of a 2014 graduating high school class. In past years, scholarships valued at $500 have been disbursed. The deadline to apply is April 15.

For more information, contact Vivian Toole Cates, 2nd Vice president – Scholarship Committee Chairman, at 936-858-3801, or write her in care of 2403 State Hwy. 21 West, Alto, TX, 75925-5706.

• An April 1 deadline has been set for the Marine Corps League Jacksonville Texas Detachment #1381's “Earned Never Given” scholarship, which will be awarded to a Cherokee County high school senior this spring, based on a 300- to 500-word essay based on “what the Constitution means to me.” Essay must be handwritten and sent to Marine Corps League Jacksonville Texas Det. 1381, PO Box 573, Jacksonville TX 75766.  Home-schools seniors are also eligible to apply.

For more information, contact commandant@marinesjvilletexas.com or call 903-721-1277.

• A Perkins Foundation scholarship program will fund college for eligible Rusk High School students in the top 50 percent of their class who plan to attend Tyler Junior College. The scholarship, established through the James I. Perkins Foundation and Citizens 1st Bank, applies to both academic and vocational programs offered by the college. It is valued at $2,000 per semester.

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