The Rotary Clubs in Citrus County have established a fund to provide an annual scholarship of $1,500 to a high school student in recognition of the founding of The Ray Darling Upward Bound Program in Citrus County, by the late Ray Darling in 1990.
Since then, the program has expanded to six presentations per year, three for elementary school students and three for middle and high school students. Nearly 600 students are recognized each year.
To qualify, students must be in the final year at a Citrus County high school, be planning to attend college/university or technical college in 2020-21.
Additionally, students must write an essay of approximately 800 words about the subject of, “I am Upward Bound because,” an indication of what receiving an Upward Bound Award meant to the student, and how it influenced their progress.
Essentially, each applicant must have been a recipient of an Upward Bound Award.
Applications must be made in writing stating full name, current school, address for communications, date, grade and school attended at time of Upward Bound award and summary of further education being considered.
A supporting memo of confirmation must be submitted by parent/guardian, school official or public official to whom the student is known.
Applications should be sent to Upward Bound Scholarship, c/o Kings Bay Rotary Club, P.O. Box 27, Crystal River, FL. 34423, and postmarked no later than midnight March 6.
It is intended to make the presentation of the Scholarship at the Upward Bound Award Ceremony on April 9.