Published Sunday, February 17, 2013

Junior Service League offering scholarships to HS seniors

From STAFF REPORTS

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The Newnan Junior Service League (NJSL) is pleased to announce that it will be offering again this year scholarships to local high school female seniors from proceeds raised through the group’s annual fundraising efforts.

“The Newnan Junior Service League is thrilled to offer this scholarship opportunity again this year to deserving young women in our community,” said Ketty Ballard, NJSL scholarship chair. “It is our hope that these scholarships will truly help make a positive impact on the recipients and that they will help in absorbing some of the financial commitments that a higher education requires.”

The NJSL will be accepting applications for its 2013 scholarships through all Coweta County high schools’ guidance counselor offices until March 1. Qualifications for applicants include being a female of good moral character, a resident of Coweta County for at least one year prior to the application date, and a potential graduate of Heritage, Newnan High, East Coweta, or Northgate. Applicants should also show scholastic achievement (based on standards of college entrance), financial need, community service involvement, and extracurricular involvement (both through available high school programs and outside of high school programs).

Current NJSL member and Northgate High School counselor Erin Bass is a former NJSL scholarship recipient, and can attest to the importance and impact of higher education scholarship assistance.

“I graduated ninth in my class in 2001 from Newnan High School, and I always knew I’d go to college,” said Bass. “With two siblings, I knew I’d need to pay for some of my college expenses. With both the HOPE and NJSL scholarships, I was able to get through my undergraduate experience without having to get a job, which gave me the advantage of having more time to concentrate on my studies.”

Bass graduated from The University of Georgia in 2005 with a B.S. in Child and Family Development and has since obtained her M.Ed. and an Ed.S. in School Counseling. She is now in her sixth year as a counselor at Northgate High School and is currently pursuing her doctorate in professional counseling and Supervision at the University of West Georgia.

“I joined the NJSL to give back to the community that supported me in my educational endeavors,” continued Bass. “I want to be an example for my children to emulate. Volunteering in the community through the NJSL is one way I want to illustrate how to live to my children.

For more information on the NJSL scholarship, please contact any Coweta County high schools’ guidance counselor office.

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