Moose Volunteerism scholarship
The Women of the Moose Chapter 1773 Community Service Committee has announced its fourth annual Community Service Scholarship “Serving Your Community” Essay Contest. The essay contest is open to all Citrus County high school students in grade 12 during the calendar year 2019-20 with a graduation date of 2020. Winner(s) will be chosen and will receive a monetary scholarship. The value of the scholarship will be determined by fundraising efforts through the contest deadline.
The essay theme,“Serving Your Community,” is what this means to the student submitting the essay, and how it affects the way they feel about their community. This essay is a proactive approach on volunteerism, the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community, to encourage helping others.
Essays must be submitted by Citrus County high school students in grade 12 during the calendar year 2019-20 with graduation date of 2020. Only one entry per student, and entry must be the work of only one student. Essays should be in the form of one of the following: a five-minute video; a five-minute audio; or a 500- to 1,000-word written essay. Submissions that do meet one of these three requirements, or that exceed it, will be disqualified.
Essays must be mailed with a postmark no later than Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
Value of scholarship to be determined by fundraising through the contest deadline.
The top two entrants will be required to present their essays to Inverness Chapter 1773 members and Board of Officers at the beginning of one of the following chapter meetings: Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5 or March 19, 2020.
The essay winner will be announced/presented at the winners’ respective 2020 Senior Awards Night high school event.
Mail your essay contest entry, along with the completed essay contest entry form signed by the student entering the essay contest and their parent to: WOTM Inverness Chapter 1773, Community Service Scholarship, P.O. Box 2653, Inverness, FL 34451-0219.
All entries become the property of the WOTM Inverness Chapter 1773. Winning essay may be reprinted in its entirety or in part in various printed publications or online, including photograph of student.
For more information, or to receive an official essay contest packet, contact WOTM Inverness Chapter 1773 Community Service Chairman Kimberly Kelly at 352-422-3966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moose medical scholarship
The Women of the Moose Chapter 1773 Scholarship Committee has announced its Medical Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year.
Entrants must write a short single-page essay on why they chose the medical field, as well as their area of medical focus.
Scholarship is open to any students who are currently in high school or originally graduated from a Citrus County high school and are currently attending college (prior residency must be verified through official high school transcripts) and currently enrolled and/or attending medical-related classes for any degree within the medical field. Student must have a 3.0 GPA, verified through official high school and/or college transcripts included with their essay entry.
Deadline to enter is Jan. 24, 2020. Value of scholarship to be determined by fundraising through the contest deadline.
The top two entrants will be required to speak in front of the Inverness Chapter 1773 members and Board of Officers at the beginning of one of the following chapter meetings: Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5 or March 19, 2020. The essay winner will be announced/presented at the winners’ respective 2020 Senior Awards Night high school event.
Mail your essay contest entry, along with the completed essay contest entry form signed by the student entering the essay contest and their parent to: WOTM Inverness Chapter 1773, Medical Scholarship, P.O. Box 2653, Inverness, FL 34451-0219.
All entries become the property of the WOTM Inverness Chapter 1773. Winning essay may be reprinted in its entirety or in part in various printed publications or online, including photograph of student. For more information, or to receive an official essay contest packet, contact WOTM Inverness Chapter 1773 Community Service Chairman Kimberly Kelly at 352-422-3966 or email@example.com.
Purple Heart CF Endowed Scholarship
Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) has announced the Chapter 776 College of Central Florida (CF) Endowed Scholarship Award of $1,000 for 2020 to an applicant accepted or currently enrolled at CF as a full-time student (12 or more semester credit hours).
Interested applicants can obtain the Chapter 776 scholarship application at www.citruspurpleheart.org or by calling 352-382-3847. Chapter 776 must receive its endowed scholarship application no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 29, 2020.
Americanism Poster Contest
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) sponsors an Elementary School Americanism Poster Contest. The Withlacoochee Chapter of the SAR invites all third, fourth and fifth-grade students interested in the history of the war for American independence (Revolutionary War), to participate in the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest.
The contest is open to public school, parochial school, home-schooled students, scouts or Children of the American Revolution member students in that same grade range. Young artists with an enthusiasm toward art, a love of American history or a passion in creative expression can submit their posters to the Withlacoochee SAR chapter for competition.
While the Americanism Poster Contest judging begins at the local and state levels, students’ masterpieces may eventually be judged and monetarily awarded at the national level in June 2020 at the annual NSSAR Congress. Starting at the chapter level, there are cash awards at each level of the contest.
The theme for the 2019-20 contest will be “The Battle of Thomas Creek.” After the French and Indian War, eastern Florida was ceded to Great Britain by Spain. It became a separate colonial province with its capital at St. Augustine. On May 17, 1777, the Battle of Thomas Creek ended the Second Florida Expedition, an attempt by Georgia patriots to invade British East Florida during the American Revolution.
The Second Florida Expedition ended in disaster and the death of Button Gwinnett, a Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence. As president of Georgia in early 1777, Gwinnett planned an expedition against St. Augustine. He had no military experience, so command of the mission was given to Brigadier Gen. Lachlan McIntosh, Gwinnett’s chief political rival. Both tried to lead the mission, causing unnecessary delays.
Their constant fighting caused the General Assembly to call them both back to Savannah after they had already left on the mission, command of which was given to Col. Samuel Elbert. On May 17, 1777, the cavalry reached the Loyalists who were hiding in wait at Thomas Creek. When they were fired upon, the surprised Georgia militia turned to flee, only to run right into more Loyalists who had come up behind them.
A handful of Georgia patriots were killed or wounded, but more than 30 were captured. The rest of the Georgia militia escaped and made their way to rendezvous with Col. Elbert. When Elbert discovered what happened at the Battle of Thomas Creek, he called off the mission.
Citrus County and Hernando County teachers, and all others interested in this program, may call Larry Sturgeon at 352-688-2947 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elks nationwide essay contest
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Grand Lodge is sponsoring a nationwide essay contest for students enrolled in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Students enrolled in these grades are invited and encouraged to participate. The theme for this year’s essay is “What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me.”
Eligible participants must be students enrolled in the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade at the time of the contest. Essay length is not to exceed 300 words. Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
Essay must be submitted for judging to West Citrus Elks Lodge No. 2693, 7800 Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa, FL by Dec. 15. Each entry must have Essay Contest Cover Sheet attached with participant’s name, grade and the school he/she attends.
The Grand Lodge will award plaques for first, second and third places for national winning essays. Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in Baltimore, Maryland, July 5-8, 2020.
West Citrus Elks Lodge has allocated cash prizes of $75, first place; $50, second place; and $25, third place, to winners who enter the contest through the lodge.
For more information, contact Jeannette Buck-Newhouse, West Citrus Elks Lodge No. 2693 Americanism chair, at 336-963-2079; email: email@example.com.
Patriotic art scholarships available
VFW Auxiliary Dumas Hartson Post 8189 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades nine-12 have the opportunity to compete for $31,000 in national scholarships.
Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. The entry must have completed during the current 2019-20 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s signature.
Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level.
The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to District competition (if applicable) with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $31,000 in national awards, and the national first- place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship. National first- through eighth-place winners are featured in VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary website. All state winning entries will be held and displayed and judged at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention that will take place July 18-23, 2020 in Reno, Nevada.
Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary Dumas Hartson Post 8189 by March 31, 2020. Interested students, parents and teachers should contact Roger Ingall at 352-697-1826 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To download an application and see the 2019 winners, visit vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.
Fleet Reserve essay contest
The Fleet Reserve Association’s National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism is sponsoring its upcoming annual Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest, based on this year’s theme: “What My Vote Will Mean to Me.”
The essay contest’s Grand Prize is $5,000, with additional prizes for first place — $2,500; second place — $1,500; and $1,000 for third place in grades 7-12.
All national winners will receive an attractive plaque citing their achievement. Every entrant judged at the national level receives a “Certificate of Recognition.” Winners in the local area are judged by the Branch and then sent to the Regional Convention for further judging. Regional winners then advance to the National level for final judging. Additional prizes may be awarded at the Branch and Regional levels.
FRA’s essay contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 (including home schooled). Students attending grades 7-12 can contact their guidance counselor. Each entrant must be sponsored by an FRA member in good standing or by a currently chartered branch.
Local contact is Bob Huscher, Chairman, FRA Branch 186, at 352-344-0727. All entries must be submitted by Dec. 1 or sooner to the local chairman or to the student’s local school representative.
Concert choir advances education
The Citrus Community Concert Choir offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to qualified students residing in Citrus County who wish to further their education in vocal or instrumental musical arts.
Information is at www.citruschoir.com or call 352-637-2377.
Garden club environmental scholarships
The Riverhaven Garden Club in Homosassa has been giving scholarships for more than 20 years to area seniors interested in pursuing a career in botany, landscape design, or ecology. The scholarship alternates between Lecanto and Crystal River, since these are the two area high schools that students in Homosassa attend.
The scholarship amount has varied, as has the number of recipients, but we have given these scholarships for amounts between $500 to $1,500 toward a recipient’s college tuition. Email email@example.com or call 352-621-3004 for information.