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If you live in Oldham County and have a high school senior who will attend college in 2008, we have many local scholarships available to you. The Oldham County Dollars for Scholars application was posted on Jan. 1 at www.ocdfs.org. On the home page, in the left hand column, look for scholarship application and the following three sections: “eligibility requirements,” “essay guidelines” and the “application form.” Click on application form and save the application to your desktop. “Type” the forms on a computer then print them. (Please don’t print it and use a pen.) Don’t forget to sign it, have a parent/guardian sign it and include a transcript. If you don’t own a computer, you can use one at the public library or at your high school. Be sure to read about all of our scholarships because each sponsor has specific guidelines. For example, the Arts Association of Oldham County wants to select someone who excels in art, and Falvey Commercial Properties Ltd. prefers to give their scholarship to a “C” student. The South Oldham High School PTSA requires that the student and a parent be members of the PTSA and write an essay about his or her experiences at this school. These are just a few of the scholarships that are available. After reading pages one through six of the application, parents might be surprised how many scholarships their children are eligible for by completing just one application. Yes, many of the scholarships require students to write the general essay, but all they need to do is write one essay because about 12 sponsors use the same essay. And if students don’t want to write any essays, they can still apply for about five scholarships. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000 and all the sponsors represent Oldham County. The Arts Association of Oldham County provides three $5,000 scholarships for students who excel in the arts. In 2007, the Pewee Valley Women’s Club provided four $2,000 scholarships. The La Grange Rotary provides three $1,000 scholarships, and La Grange Elementary PTA awards five $500 scholarships. This is Dollars for Scholars’ fourth year of helping Oldham County youngsters fund their futures and we will award 60 scholarships to students who live in this county. If you are a home-schooled student or attend another school outside the county, you are still eligible for some of these scholarships. Besides offering four $1,000 scholarships of its own (with help from Fastline Publications and Tri-County Ford Mercury), this chapter administers and distributes scholarship funds for the following businesses and organizations (listed alphabetically):Arts Association of Oldham County, AT&T, Baptist Hospital Northeast, Baptist Hospital Northeast Medical Staff, Bedford Bank, Buckner Elementary PTA, Business and Professional Women of Oldham County, Camden Station Elementary PTA, Centerfield Elementary PTA, City of Crestwood, City of Goshen, Coldwell Banker McMahan, Crestwood Elementary PTA, Falvey Commercial Properties Ltd., Goshen Elementary PTA, Harmony Elementary PTA, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, La Grange Elementary PTA, La Grange Rotary Club, Liberty Elementary PTA, National City Bank, North Oldham High PTSA, North Oldham Middle PTSA, Oldham County Dollars for Scholars chapter, Oldham County Physical Therapy, Oldham County Teachers Association, Oldham Era, Pewee Valley Women’s Club, Red Cross, Rogers Group, Inc./Oldham County Stone, South Oldham High PTSA, South Oldham Lions Club, South Oldham Middle PTSA, South Oldham Rotary Club, The BANK Oldham County, and the Vezner Family. March 1 is the deadline, so don’t delay — get applications completed now and make sure they are mailed on or before this date.
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