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Sheriff’s posse offers scholarship

Staff reports

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will award a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior.

The posse is interested in reaching any high school senior or home schooler who plans to attend an accredited college in the fall of 2000.

The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to pursue an education in agriculture, animal science or criminal justice. 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 Sheriff’s Mounted Posse completes its second year, the membership and number of activities continues to grow, said member Sandy Jonkey. During 1999, the posse assisted many organizations to help make their events a success. Some of these include Douglas High School Rodeo Team, Douglas Junior Rodeo, Carson Valley Food Closet, DARE and the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.

The posse held a Kids’ Day and campout to acquaint children with horse care and riding; the first 40-hour posse school was held for training of members and their horse; and the posse received the first-place award for a mounted unit in the Nevada Day Parade.

The posse’s major fund-raiser was the Posse Roundup in July, which resulted in a sellout crowd for the dinner and dance.

For more information regarding this scholarship, contact Jonkey at 782-4107. Students may obtain an application form at Douglas High School, Whittell High School or visit the Web site at http://www.dcsoposse.org.