Harlan County residents, organizations and businesses can help reward the area’s best and brightest students for their academic success by contributing to the Harlan County Community Scholarship Fund.
Honoring students from Harlan Independent Schools and Harlan County Schools, community scholarships in the amount of $1,250 are awarded, along with $750 Harlan County Soil Conservation District Scholarships.
“Now more than ever, the children of Harlan County need the support of this community to help them reach their potential. Students from our community are among the brightest in the commonwealth and these scholarships are vital to their success.” said C.D. Morton, the Harlan Independent Schools superintendent who alternates with Harlan County Schools Supt. Mike Howard in overseeing the Board of Directions from year to year.
“Every contribution helps make the cost of college a little easier for these very deserving students,” said Morton. “Contributions are really investments in the future of Harlan County, weather it is $20 or $200 every dollars goes to help change the future of a student.”
Donations can be mailed to the Harlan County Community Scholarship Fund, 106 South Cumberland Ave., Harlan, KY 40831-2104.
Questions about the fund may be directed to Susie Mavinidis by calling 573-2838, Harlan County Schools Supt. Mike Howard at 573-4330, extension 2018, or Harlan Independent Schools Supt. CD Morton at 573-8700, extension 6024.
Applications for the 2014 scholarships are now available online. Seniors attending Harlan High School and Harlan County High School may access and print the applications at http://www.harlan-ind.k12.ky.us/content_page.aspx?cid=136 or http://harlan.k12.ky.us/HCCS or by contacting the school guidance counselor.
Students applying for the scholarships must have the completed information to their school guidance counselor by Friday, March 21. Winners will be announced at the annual Harlan County Community Scholarship Banquet on May 8 at the Benham School House Inn.
The scholarships are based on five areas of performance. These include evidence of promise as a leader, evidence of well defined college and/or career plans, evidence that referees have positive assessment of the applicants, evidence of high school performance and evidence of academic achievement as measured by standardized tests.