By Rebecca Herman
On Friday, February 6, seniors from the class of 2015 gathered in the Johnson County High School media center to meet with local philanthropists and representatives from area businesses and organizations in order to begin the daunting task of filling out scholarship applications.
Seniors seemed nervous but eager as they went around to speak with scholarship representatives. When asked about the importance of Local Scholarship Day, senior Jenna McNeill said, I want to become more knowledgeable about opportunities in order to succeed in my future career as a business associate.
Dawn Lewis plans to continue her education in hopes of receiving a degree in the medical field and knows that she will need financial help through scholarships in order to achieve this goal. With so many careers in mind, there are scholarships that cater to many different areas of interest. The Food Country scholarship is available to persons who are employed at Food Country, the Skyline Scholarship is open to Shady Valley residents, several scholarships intended for medical degree majors, one for students pursing a degree in fine arts, and various other scholarships that are available to all students.
Priscilla Davis, JCHS counselor, headed up this event with the help of Brittany Pleasant, GEAR UP coordinator; this event marks the fifth for Davis, and the second for Pleasant. With so many scholarships available to the students of JCHS, the only way to have a successful event such as Local Scholarship Day is to have well organized people who are willing to constantly be in touch with businesses, organizations, and persons who wish to give away money to deserving individuals; people who are willing to help students with all the additional documentation that may be required for each scholarship; and people who will maintain relationships with students in order to encourage well thought out essays and timeliness with deadlines. Davis and Pleasant are two individuals who fit this bill.
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By Rebecca Herman