by STEPHANIE TANG
Scholarships for graduating seniors at Schurr have been made available through the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).
Winners of the scholarship will each receive a $200 check in their name; the money received may be used on any college-related expenses.
“The PTSA is an outreach association that benefits teachers, students and school community, so it’s our way of reaching out to the student body and do something particularly helpful to seniors,” said Blanca Cuevas, PTSA membership vice president.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the students must be a PTSA member and attending college, trade school or technical school in the fall. If one is not yet a PTSA member, envelopes are still available for a 2015-2016 membership at $6.75. The membership must be under the applying student’s name in order to qualify for the scholarship.
Along with filling the application, students must answer a prompt with a 250-word or less essay on a separate piece of paper. Proof of college attendance in the fall and a copy of the applicant’s transcript must also be attached.
All applications, with required materials are due in the college office April 21. Members of the PTSA scholarship committee will make a decision on which seven applicants will receive the scholarship. Prior to the committee’s judging of the application and essay, all identifying information will be removed, so the scholarship board is able to judge each student objectively.
“The PTSA advocates and promotes students’ education so they are able to advance further in their studies,” said Mary Lou Santoro, PTSA scholarship chairperson. “We want to help students and guide them to find their careers by helping with current financial issues or setbacks.”
Membership envelopes for the PTSA are available from Elizabeth Kato in Room D-2. Scholarship applications are obtainable from Edelmira Sandate in the College Office or on the home page of the school website, where a link will be provided.