Polk GOP raises schol­ar­ship funds

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

Two lo­cal se­niors are in luck be­cause the Polk County GOP held their an­nual Youth Schol­ar­ship Fundraiser, and a grad­u­at­ing stu­dent from both Rock­mart and Cedar­town High will re­ceive a grant to help pay for their col­lege fees.

“We raised just shy of $ 1,600,” Polk County GOP Chair­man Marc Wall said. “Ev­ery year it goes to the schol­ar­ship. We give it out later in the year when they have the awards night at the school. So far, we’re look­ing at about $500 per per­son.”

Re­cip­i­ents are de­cided, like ev­ery year, with an es­say con­test. School coun­selors are al­ready work­ing on screen­ing the writ­ers, and the topic is soon to be de­cided.

“It’s an es­say,” Wall said. “One year it was about the three branches of gov­ern­ment- the ex­ec­u­tive, leg­isla­tive, and ju­di­cial, and a func­tion of each. You don’t have to be a Repub­li­can. It’s not based on in­come. You can win re­gard­less of phi­los­o­phy, sta­tus, or party.”

The only es­tab­lished re­quire­ment is that re­cip­i­ents must be plan­ning to at­tend col­lege or trade­school, but the se­niors will be free to spend the money on any col­lege-re­lated fees whether it be tu­ition or text­books. The funds will be awarded dur­ing the school’s endof-year award show.

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