Sholarship opportunities abound for local high school students

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.

LBWC offering scholarships to local high school 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.

Scholarship offered by Coastal-Georgetown AAUW organization

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.