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Sheriff’s posse to award $1,000 scholarship

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will award a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an eligible high school student. This year’s scholarship will be presented in the memory of June Hurte, a posse member who passed away in September 1998.

The posse is interested in reaching any high school senior or home schooler who plans to attend an accredited college in the fall of 1999. 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.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse was organized in March of 1998 and has grown to 90 members. The posse’s major fund-raiser in 1998 was a dinner/dance and tack swap in July. Through contributions from the business people and support of the community, the dinner/dance was a huge success and has allowed the posse the funds to provide this scholarship, a spokesperson said.

For more information regarding the scholarship, contact LuJean Johnson at 782-9814 or Sandy Jonkey at 782-4107. Students can obtain an application form at Douglas High School, Whittell High School, or visit the Web site at http://www.dcsoposse.org.

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