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Douglas sheriff’s posse offers $1,500 scholarship

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will sponsor a $1,500 scholarship this year and is interested in reaching any high school senior or home schooler who plans to attend an accredited college in the fall of 2001.

The student must have at least an overall 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to a student who plans to pursue an education in agriculture, animal science or criminal justice; however, other career goals will be considered. Additional preference will be given to posse members or their children.

The students are required to complete an application with a personal statement discussing accomplishments, extracurricular activities, community involvement and educational goals. The applicants will be interviewed by the posse’s scholarship committee before the final selection. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15.

As the posse completes its third year, the membership and number of activities continues to grow. During 2000, the posse assisted many organizations to help make their events a success. Some of these include Douglas High School Rodeo Team, Carson Valley Food Closet, DARE, Sertoma Club and Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. The posse received the first-place award for a mounted unit in the Nevada Day Parade and Carson Valley Days Parade.

The posse’s major fund-raiser was the annual Posse Roundup dinner/dance in July.

For more information regarding this scholarship, call Sandy Jonkey at 782-4107. An application form can be obtained at Douglas High School, Whittell High School or by visiting the Web site at http://www.dcsoposse.org.