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Education Briefs Fall 2019

September 25, 2019

Local freshmen awarded scholarships at McDaniel College

McDaniel College has awarded select freshmen with Educator's Legacy Scholarships valued at up to $100,000 for each student. Children with a parent or guardian who has at least four years of current and consecutive full time employment at a K-12 school or community college can apply for this guaranteed scholarship to attend McDaniel College. Any service qualifies, such as teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses or support staff. Sarah Aleman of Millsboro, a graduate of Sussex Central High School, and Alyssa Thawley of Milton, a graduate of Sussex Tech been awarded an Educator's Legacy Scholarship. The $25,000 annual scholarship is renewable each year to students who maintain continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

Milford student Kaitlyn Davies named to honor society

Kaitlyn Davies, daughter of Kim and Ray Davies of Milford, was recently accepted into Phi Eta Sigma, the national freshman honor society, at Salisbury University. Davies is a sophomore majoring in elementary and early childhood education. She is a member of the Education Club, Student Organization for Activity Planning and the Elementary Education Living Learning Community. Davies is a 2018 graduate of Milford High School.

Cape High seeks alumni info for 50th class reunion

The Cape Henlopen High School class of 1970 is planning a 50th reunion and would like to make sure everyone is invited. To share information, contact Tony Podraza at TonyPodraza@gmail.com.

Student loan applications for high-needs educators due Oct. 1

Delaware educators who work in high-needs districts or content areas are eligible to apply for this year’s High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment program. Created under Gov. John Carney’s leadership, Delaware’s educator student loan repayment program provides eligible educators with up to $2,000 a year to repay their student loans. Educators who work in certification areas for which Delaware has a shortage or educators who work in Delaware high-needs schools are eligible to apply.

Educators can apply for the loan repayment program online through 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1. To apply, go to www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3846.

Patriotic contest entries due to VFW Oct. 31

The VFW Auxiliary #7234 in Ocean View reminds students of the following contest and scholarship deadlines. Patriot's Pen essays for sixth- to eighth-graders are due Thursday, Oct. 31. The Voice of Democracy audio essays by ninth- to 12th-graders are due Thursday, Oct. 31. Continuing education scholarship applications are due Saturday, Feb. 15. Creative Patriotic Art contest entries by ninth- to 12th-graders are due Tuesday,  March 31. Illustrating America contest entries by kindergarteners to eight-graders are due Tuesday, March 31. For more information, see school guidance departments, go to www.vfw.org/community or email a request to scaux@aol.com.mail. Information on a scholarship to be given to an Indian River High school senior will be provided later into the school year.

Lefty’s accepting applications for 2020 scholarship

The Lefty’s Alley & Eats monthly Young Citizen Award and Annual Scholarship recognizes and rewards individuals who demonstrate the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and character in their homes, schools, and communities.

Each month, Lefty’s selects one area senior to receive a lane-side party for 10 at Lefty’s to celebrate their achievement. Each monthly recipient is considered for a $1,000 scholarship which will be awarded in May 2020.

Any area senior who exhibits strong leadership in school and community is encouraged to go to www.iloveleftys.com to apply for Lefty’s Young Citizen Award and Scholarship.

Delaware's top youth volunteer applications due Nov. 5

Delaware students in fifth to 12th grades are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

To apply, go to www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications are due by Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle and high school students. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 130,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.

Delaware's top youth volunteers of 2019 were Harrison Barnes, 18, of Bridgeville, who founded a nonprofit organization called GearUp that promotes bicycle riding as a way for young people to overcome personal challenges, and Shelby Farris, 14, also of Bridgeville, who creates pre-printed greeting cards and encourages people across the country to color them and send them to veterans, hospital patients, the elderly, grieving families and others who need a little cheer in their lives.

Residents of manufactured and modular housing scholarship applications due March 4

First State Manufactured Housing Association is offering four scholarship awards of $2,500 to Delaware residents of manufactured or modular homes. Qualifying candidates must be legal residents of Delaware and residents of a manufactured or modular home for at least one year prior to the application. The FSMHA scholarship is open to nontraditional students as well as recent high school graduates. Past winners include parents, grandparents, young adults – those continuing their educations and those returning after a hiatus. Award recipients can reapply annually. Eligible candidates will be evaluated on scholastic record, financial need, essay and personal/professional recommendations. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 4. The scholarship may be used for any type of accredited two- or four-year degree program, or for any accredited training, licensing, or certification program. For more information, go to www.firststatemha.org, click on the industry tab at the top of the page and scroll down to scholarship.

After-school program has openings in Lewes

The Lewes After School Program recently announced available openings for students. The program is housed and supported by Lewes Presbyterian Church and has been in operation since 2004. It follows the Cape Henlopen School District calendar and serves students in grades one to five. LASP offers fun and challenging activities that support topics learned during the school day. The program includes healthy snacks, small-group homework help, one-to-one reading and math help, recreation, arts and crafts, technology, and more.

Cost is $50 for five days per week; first week’s tuition is due at registration. LASP accepts Purchase of Care, and scholarships are available. It is licensed as an after-school program for school-age children by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing.

For more information about enrolling a child, contact Teresa Lockerman, program director, at 302-645-5345 or tlockerman@mchsi.com.