CIS awards scholarships to seniors

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Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) will award 20 $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at each of the county’s three high schools, as well as Brunswick County Academy and Early College High School. Applicants will be interviewed and scored based on financial need, academics, school activities, community involvement and interview presentation.

“Academic scholarships are desperately needed in order for students to afford the rising costs of higher education opportunities,” said Cynthia Tart, CIS executive director. “Tuition for a four-year college averages $40,000 per year. Providing our seniors with a little extra financial support reflects the community’s value for higher education.”

The following businesses and individuals contributed to this year’s scholarship fund: The Labor Day Surf-Off; Charles Erickson; Capeside Animal Hospital; Dinah Gore; Cindy Hauman; Joan Madsen; David Redwine; Rusty and Polly Russ; Sunset Beach Pier; Ronnie and Clarice Holden; Sheriff John W. Ingram; Dr. Bill Rabon, Rabon for Senate; G. Patrick and Carmela Kane; Bandera Architecture; Blue Heron Gallery; Butch Pope for DA; Coastal Organizing and Staging; Douglas Diamond Jewelers; Charles Kay; Nancy Giresi; Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association; Nancy Gregson; Shelley Lesher; Karen Marzilli; Mirror Image Maintenance; Prestige Outdoor Lighting; Gary Ricardy; Gus and Rebecca Steadman; Randy and Sharon Thompson; and Renee Yost.

Additionally, CIS board member Dr. Anna Blizzard has donated five scholarships to be awarded to students seeking to pursue science-related careers.

To learn more about CIS or contribute to the scholarship fund, visit www.cisbrunswick.org or call Kimberly Bandera at 457-2916. Scholarship applications are available online and through the guidance office at each school. Completed applications should be submitted to the school’s guidance counselor by March 31.