Nov. 20—Tri-Counties Community Center in Marysville announced that it will be hosting its first scholarship opportunity for local high school students with a reward of $500 to help them prepare for their future in higher education.
The $500 scholarship will be known as the Excellence In Volunteerism Award and includes the essay prompt: "Why it is important to give back to my community?"
The essay contest, which is open now, will conclude on Dec. 16. All essays must be submitted to Tri-Counties Community Center by mail or email and received no later than Dec. 16.
Entries submitted after this date will not be eligible for the scholarship. Essays must be at least 500 words and no more than 1,000 words, typed and single-spaced. Essays must be constructed in at least five paragraphs and no more than 10 paragraphs.
All submissions must have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Essay topics must be based on the prompt and topic of the scholarship award.
Tri-Counties Community Center board members and select volunteers will judge the entries and choose the top three submissions. The top three students will be invited to give a speech at the center on Jan. 8, 2024, during its monthly board meeting.
The speech must be based on the essay topic and prompt and be at least five minutes long but no more than 15 minutes. Based on a combination of the student's essay and speech, a winner will be chosen.
While the scholarship winner will receive a check for $500, those selected for second and third place will receive gift cards as their awards. Winning students will be announced on Jan. 27, 2024, at the Tri-Counties Community Center's annual gala.
The center said it is offering this scholarship to promote the importance of volunteerism in local youth and highlight why communities thrive when citizens are involved in the improvement of their environment. Essays may be submitted via email to email@example.com, or mailed to the center at 1830 B St. in Marysville. For more information, call 530-433-2873.