“There are a reasonable number of small local scholarships available, and we want to make sure students are aware of them,” Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Starr told the Times-News last week.
As area students head back to class in the new year, and with graduation approaching for seniors, deadlines, too, are drawing near for local scholarship applications.
The Stoudemire and Lincoln County Farmer Terracing Association scholarships are available for those attending college now or starting at any state community college, technical institute or university in the fall.
While anyone can apply for the award, named after a late-Extension chairman and 30-year community member, the George Stoudemire Memorial Scholarship will give preference to hopefuls who are or are planning to major in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, family and consumer sciences, or other fields relating to eventual extension work.
The Stoudemire Scholarship has been around since the 1980s, Starr estimates, and predates the current director. As of two years ago, candidates are now able to apply for both of the financial aid opportunities at the same time, and may use the same application for both, Starr noted.
County high school guidance counselors, horticulture and family and consumer science teachers, and the Extension branch, located on the first floor of the Citizens Center in Lincolnton, have applications on-hand for those interested.
While those planning on pursuing a career as an extension agent or in the farming field are preferred to apply to the former resident’s scholarship, the Terracing Association Scholarship doesn’t give priority to any certain majors.
The deadline to submit the required documents for consideration is Jan. 31. For more information, call (704) 736-8452, or email Kevin_Starr@ncsu.edu. Paper or electronic versions of the application can be sent to those who inquire if necessary.