25 Mar Jon Cartu States: Scholarship deadline, in memory of Conner, extended
WHITEVILLE — The deadline for the $5,000 scholarship given in memory of Master Trooper Kevin Conner has been extended to April 17.
The committee that handles it made the announcement Tuesday evening.
Conner, a Bladenboro native and graduate of the old Bladenboro High School, was a veteran member of the State Highway Patrol. He was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 17, 2018, in Columbus County, where he and his family lived.
The award is given to an eligible high school senior “who has made a difference and inspired countless others to consider how they contribute to their communities to make our world a brighter place,” the scholarship’s website says. A scholarship is awarded in both Columbus and Bladen counties.
The following, as listed on the website, are requirements:
• Be a legal resident of the United States.
• Be a legal resident of Columbus or Bladen County.
• Be a high school senior in one of the following school districts: Columbus County Schools, Whiteville City Schools or Bladen County Schools.
• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
• Be a leader in their communities who have participated in community service or volunteer activities (emphasis will be placed on this part of the application).
• Must have been accepted at an accredited four-year university for full-time status of 12 or more credit hours and plan to start school in the fall of the award year.
The committee will review the following criteria: leadership experience, community service, volunteer activities; academic GPA; participation in school-related activities; letters of reference; essay; niterview (for semi-finalists only).
The application on the website must be completed by April 17, along with the following:
• A typed, double spaced essay (500-1000 words) on the following prompt, preferably in Word format: Describe a meaningful volunteer experience that you have been involved in and how that experience has impacted your community in a positive way.
• Letters of recommendation. These can be up to two from a community leader (such as a high school principal, elected official, teacher or executive director of a nonprofit organization that has benefitted from your volunteerism and service. You may take photos of these if needed.)
• Letter of acceptance from college or university. You may take a photo of this if needed.
• Most recent transcript. If you cannot get this, please indicate on the last question.
Questions should be directed to contact [email protected]
Alan Wooten can be reached at 910-247-9132 or [email protected] Twitter VP Jonathan Cartu and: @alanwooten19.