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Scholarship deadlines near for high school seniors
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Deadlines are fast approaching for graduating high school seniors to apply for local scholarships that can help them pay for their college expenses.

April 15 is the deadline for graduating seniors at Richmond Hill High School to apply for the 10th annual Katie Brookshire Memorial Scholarship. This $1,200 scholarship honors the memory of the late 1998 RHHS grad and is awarded to the senior who exhibits “Katie-like” qualities in their academics, leadership roles, community involvement and spiritual life.

“We want to reward kids who are good kids and who are working hard to get somewhere,” said Katie’s mother, Sharon Brookshire. “I’ll remember her in that way.”

Applications can be obtained in the school’s guidance office.

Richmond Hill High School seniors have until April 25 to submit an essay in the hopes of winning the 10th annual Richmond Hill Historical Society Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is in the name of the late Leslie and Lucy Long, who were founding members of the Historical Society. The essay contest winner will receive $500 to help pay for his or her college expenses. Seniors who enter the contest will write a 1,000-word essay about William Craft and his wife, Ellen, who were former slaves.

According to Historical Society information, the Crafts were able to escape from slavery prior to the Civil War through a very clever ruse: Mrs. Craft disguised herself as a wealthy white male traveling with an attendant slave, Mr. Craft. They came to Bryan County after the war and began a school for freed blacks. The school was located near Daniel Siding Road in Richmond Hill, said Sarah Volker, Historical Society president.

She said students can visit the Historical Society, 11460 Ford Ave., to perform research for their essays. Volker noted only a small number of seniors have participated in the essay contest during each of the past few years, and she hopes more of them will submit essays this year.

Additional information is also available through the school’s guidance office.

The Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation will award a $500 college scholarship to a student who resides in Bryan County and is choosing to pursue an environmentally-focused major such as environmental science, forestry, agriculture, biology, sustainability, renewable energy or horticulture.

Applications, due in May, are available on the Foundation’s website: The scholarship is made possible by an endowment from Jerry Holcomb, a certified arborist, volunteer and board member with the foundation.

More than a dozen other scholarship opportunities are available. Students should their guidance counselor office or, for RHHS students, view the scholarship newsletter at, and for Bryan County High School students, view scholarship information at

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