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Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) will award 25 $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from the county’s high schools.
This brings the total amount of scholarships awarded by CIS to more than $100,000. Last year, 22 students received help with tuition; nine were the first in their families to attend college.
“At some dinner tables, the conversation focuses on which college a student will attend. At other tables, the talk is about if a student will go to college or get a job right away; others don’t even think about college,” explained Earl Oxendine, chair of the scholarship committee.
“Scholarships can provide options to students who may not have thought about furthering their education.”
CIS partners with local businesses, industries, civic clubs, agencies, communities of faith and individuals to provide scholarship funds.
The following businesses and individuals contributed to this year’s scholarship fund: Young Again Foundation; The Labor Day Surf-Off; Charles Erickson; Shallotte Rotary Club; Rusty and Polly Russ; 2nd Street Bar & Grill; Dr. Daniel Blizzard; Tom Cavanaugh; John and Tricia Fisher; Dinah Gore; Cindy Hauman; Marc and Rebecca Kaplan; Joan Madsen; David and Penny Redwine; Matthew and Elizabeth Scharf; Judy Clayton; Welda Pender; Lee Steeneck; Triplett Family Foundation; Tom and Susanne Adams; Timothy Randall; Bandera Architecture; Sara Baynton; Robert and Anne Benedict; Doug and Gladys Bin Bon; Pete Erbe; Christine Gillis; Ken and Barbara Griffin; Nancy Gregson; Anthony and Nancy Gires; Norman Hash; Scott and Linda Harrill; Hank and Fran Hecht; Jim Hules; Shelley Lesher; Carole and Bill McCarthy; Frank and Joyce Mahoney; John and Bernice McRoberts; Karen Marzilli; Chris Page; Norm Rogers; Robert Stern; Sherrie Stevens; Thomas Williams; and Kathy Woods.
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 30. All students are encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be interviewed and scored based on financial need, academics, school activities, community involvement and interview presentation.