The Botetourt Democratic Committee is offering two $750 scholarships, one to a James River High School senior and one to a Lord Botetourt senior. The purpose of the scholarships is to deepen the understanding of how government works “for the people and by the people.” Applicants may have any political affiliation, GPA or financial status. This scholarship is non-partisan and independently judged. The deadline for application is April 15.
The scholarship application must include a 150- to 300-word essay describing “How the Balance of Power in Our Three Branches of Government Preserves Democracy in Our Republic.” The essay should not include any personally identifying information. In addition to the essay, the application must include a separate page containing this information:
- Applicant’s name and parents’/guardians’ names.
- Address and phone number for contact purposes only (not for publication).
- High school(s) attended.
- Post-secondary educational plan.
- A list of the five activities of which you are most proud.
- A dated pledge that your essay is original and prepared by the applicant. Your typed name will be your electronic signature.
- A sentence giving your permission for your submitted materials to be published as part of the announcement of winners to the media.
- A sentence about what you learned while writing the essay.
Submit the application by April 15 as two separate electronic attachments, one the essay and one the personal information page, on one email with “Scholarship” as the subject line. Email to email@example.com. An independent panel will choose the winners based on essay alone. Winners and their school counselors will be informed by May 3.