Kittery Scholarship available to students

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KITTERY, Maine — The town of Kittery is seeking applicants for the recycling scholarship that will award up to $2,000 to a town student later this year.

The scholarship is funded by donations of redemption containers at the Kittery solid waste facility. Any resident of the town who has or will graduate from an accredited high school, G.E.D. program or a home schooling program and who intends to enroll in a post-secondary college, university or vocational-technical school is eligible to apply.

In addition to academic achievement and demonstrated financial need, special consideration may be given to any applicant who has shown an interest in conservation, the environment or other recycling related issues and who intends to concentrate their studies in environmental disciplines.

First-time applicants are required to write an essay of 250-500 words answering, “Why is it important to protect the environment?” Acceptable alternatives to the essay include creating a piece of art made from primarily recycled materials or a marketing/promotion campaign to be used and displayed by the town. Repeat applicants are required to give a brief update, 100 words or less, on the past year on their successes, challenges and accomplishments of their post-secondary education. Scholarship recipient responses may be posted on the town website.

Applications will be reviewed and selections made by the Kittery Educational Scholarship Selection Committee. The awards will be given to the student’s educational institution based on proof of continuing enrollment.

Scholarship information packets are available at the Kittery School District’s superintendent’s office, Town Hall and Rice Public Library. All applications must be received no later than April 15. Applications should be addressed to Kittery Educational Scholarship Program, attn: Jeff Brake, Educational Scholarship Selection Committee, 200 Rogers Road, Kittery.