Application period underway for new 2018
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Scholarship
The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society announces the establishment of a new $10,000 scholarship for local students intending to pursue a college education in a history-related field.
NCHS has offered $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at each local public high school for many years, but the newly-established Scholarship Committee, headed by JoAnn Ray and Gary Welden, wanted to do more to encourage the study of history. The new $10,000 scholarship will be available to all local students, not just those in public schools, and will be issued in increments of $1,250 each semester.
“The committee decided the historical society needs to take a position that will encourage talented students to consider a career in history-related studies and will generate enthusiasm and interest from parents, students, educators, and guidance counselors,” said Welden, who first proposed the idea to the committee.
Students must be local residents and must be eligible for a high school graduation certificate or diploma. They must also intend to pursue history as a major or minor field.
The feeling of the committee is that the previous scholarships “did very little to attract the attention of students, guidance counselors, or parents,” they said.
“We feel history is an important field to have some basic knowledge about, just to be a good citizen, if nothing else,” said NCHS Executive Director W. Jeff Bishop. “History helps us understand change, and understand how the world we live in came to be.”
NCHS also hopes to help preserve and protect local history, and that’s nearly impossible unless people learn to appreciate it, Bishop said.
“So this scholarship is really an investment in our community and its future, and part of our bid to protect and preserve its past,” Bishop said.
The scholarship application is now available at the NCHS website, www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com. Look for it also on the NCHS Facebook page. Home school students, private and public school students, online learning students, and all other graduating seniors are invited to apply.
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