Local organizations offer scholarships

ACTS offers scholarship for local student-volunteers

Each year, the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) offers a $2,000 college scholarship to a deserving high school senior living within the Southeast Sussex area (ZIP codes 19930, 19939, 19944, 19945, 19970 and 19975) who demonstrates a willingness to give back to his or her community by volunteering at the thrift shop for 50 hours.

Good grades are important, as are extracurricular activities, in the evaluation process. An eligible student can be applying to a four-year college, a community college or a technical training school after graduation.

The main objective of the ACTS scholarship is to enhance the personal benefit for young people in volunteerism. Students may begin volunteering during the summer before their junior year of high school and must accumulate 50 hours of volunteerism by April of their senior year. A student may volunteer on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon or on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during school breaks and during the summer. Students may pick up an application from their guidance counselor or at the store on Route 26.

Fenwick Lions offering scholarships for IRHS seniors

The Fenwick Island Lions Club announced this week that their scholarship applications are available in the guidance counselors’ office at Indian River High School. A four-year and other funded scholarships will be awarded to qualifying seniors. The deadline for submitting applications is April 14.

To be eligible for consideration, each candidate for the award must show the need for financial aid to attend college, have resided permanently in Sussex County for at least the past two years and have demonstrated a high level of achievement throughout high school. Each applicant must complete an interview with the Scholarship Committee.

Last year, the Fenwick Island Lions awarded eight scholarships totaling $11,000.

LB Women’s Club offering scholarships to local seniors

The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club is offering college scholarships to 2014 graduating seniors who reside in the Indian River School District and attend Indian River High School or Sussex Technical High School. Applicants must reside in one of the following ZIP codes to qualify: 19930, 19939, 19944, 19945, 19967, 19970 or 19975.

Scholarship awards will be between $500 and $1,250. The 2014 scholarship applications are available in the high schools’ guidance offices. The deadline for submitting applications to the guidance counselors is Wednesday, April 9.

The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club Inc. is a local non-profit organization whose members raise money throughout the year, enabling them to support local schools and military families, and offer high school scholarships, as well as provide support to other causes as needed. Members also support the community through volunteering their time and talents to these causes.

The club was started 80 years ago by a group of ladies living in the original “Baltimore Hundred,” in what is now Ocean View. The membership has grown to include more than 110 women eager to lend a helping hand to the community.

Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides a $1,000 cash scholarship to further a student’s interest in journalistic or creative writing. The award can be used for such educational expenses as tuition, room and board, textbooks or computer equipment, and is paid directly to the students.

Cresson was a journalist for the Cape Gazette and died in an accident in 2005. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved animals and who had a deep affinity with the Native Americans who reside in Delaware.

Cresson was also a Vietnam veteran and was known for many talents, including music and whittling. He particularly enjoyed young people, leading his friends to establish the Jim Cresson Memorial Scholarship to keep his memory alive.

Interested Sussex County high school seniors should submit an essay of 750 to 1,000 words on one of the following topics: my outdoor/environmental experiences in Sussex County, what pet animals have meant to me, my most memorable Sussex County characters, what the U.S. military means to me, or Sussex County Native Americans.

Entries can be submitted to the Jim Cresson Scholarship, c/o The Greater Lewes Foundation, P.O. Box 802, Lewes, DE 19958. Guidelines are available from guidance counselors in Sussex County high schools. The deadline is March 31. The winner will be notified by May 9.

The winning essay will be printed in the Cape Gazette and posted online.

Scholarship offered by Coastal-Georgetown Branch of the AAUW

The Coastal Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is part of a national professional organization of more than 100,000 members whose mission is to work for equity for all women and girls, to encourage lifelong learning and to effect positive societal change.

Coastal Georgetown AAUW is offering two $1,500 scholarships for two graduating senior girls attending one of the four public high schools in the Coastal Georgetown area: Indian River, Sussex Central, Sussex Tech or Cape Henlopen. The deadline for the receipt of applications is April 11, 2014.

The criteria for these awards include both academics and volunteer service. All applicants are required to submit a completed application package that includes:

• A completed and signed Virginia Rust Scholarship application.

• An essay of 250 to 300 words demonstrating understanding between future goals and leadership experience, volunteerism and/or community service.

• A current transcript.

• A résumé of leadership, work and community experience.

• A letter of recommendation from other than a guidance counselor.

All four high schools have participated in the Virginia Rust Scholarship from the Coastal-Georgetown AAUW since 2009. Applications have risen from 20 in 2010 to 41 in 2013.

For more information, contact Penny Deiner, CG-AAUW president, at (302) 645-5429.

Sorority giving away two scholarships

The Russell White Scholarship Foundation, created by Beta Sigma Phi XI Upsilon, is giving away two scholarships, both in the amount of $2,500. Seniors at Indian River High School are eligible for the scholarships.

White was a former Indian River High School student who gave his life as a member of the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan.

Applications can be picked up in the school’s guidance office, and can be submitted to melissa.grise@irsd.k12.de.us. The cut-off date is April 30.

Scholarship available to IRHS-area students

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter will be granting the 18th Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship to a qualified high school graduate residing in the Indian River High School attendance area who demonstrates a commitment to the community through volunteerism.

Applications may be obtained from Indian River High School or Sussex Technical High School, or by calling (302) 537-7288. The application deadline is April 30.

Greater Millsboro Chamber offering scholarships

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s deadline for high school senior scholarship applications is Friday, April 18. The Chamber is offering two $1,000 scholarships to area high-school seniors residing in the 19966 or 19939 ZIP codes.

The applicants must agree to attend college, or an accredited higher institution, as a full-time student. Selection criteria include: academic performance, school activities and community involvement (25 percent each), a 300- to 500-word career-goals essay, and documentation of financial need (10 percent), along with other factors.

Completed applications, including high school transcripts, must be returned to the Chamber office by 4:30 p.m. on April 15. The scholarship will be presented at the senior awards program.

For more information contact the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777 or e-mail info@millsborchamber.com.

Women’s Club of the Keenwicks scholarship deadline April 14

The Women’s Club of the Keenwicks this week reminded would-be applicants that the deadline for their scholarship applications is closing soon. The applications are available in the guidance counselors’ office at Indian River High School. A four-year and other funded scholarships will be awarded to qualifying seniors. The deadline for submitting applications is April 14.

To be eligible for consideration, each candidate for the award must show the need for financial aid, have participated in extracurricular activities and have demonstrated a high level of achievement throughout high school. Each applicant must complete an interview with the Scholarship Committee.

Deadline to apply for QRCF scholarships is Wednesday, April 9

In 2014, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) is again acting on its stated belief that helping local students realize their college dreams benefits the entire community. The QRCF is accepting applications for two $8,000 scholarships to local graduating seniors. Each recipient will be awarded $2,000 per year for four years. Both scholarships are based on a combination of financial need, academics, school involvement and community service. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 9.

Local graduating seniors who reside in the towns of Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Millville, Clarksville, Selbyville, Frankford, Dagsboro and their surrounding rural areas are eligible to apply. The area encompasses the ZIP codes of 19944, 19930, 19970, 19967, 19975, 19945, 19939 and 19966. Members of the Class of 2014 in those ZIP codes are being encouraged to apply. Applications may be completed online; additional details about the process and eligibility are available online at www.qrcf.org.

QRCF scholarships are funded through donors, including local businesses and the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and via QRCF fundraising events, including Caribbean Christmas, the Hair of the Dog Run, and BunnyPalooza! Run. To date, tens of thousands of dollars have been awarded to local students.

“The QRCF is grateful to the many partners who have helped to make past and future scholarships possible,” representatives said.

For more information on opportunities to contribute as a donor, sponsor or volunteer, visit www.qrcf.org.