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The application period has opened for a pair of $750 educational scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors who live in the 28320 ZIP code.

Boost the ‘Boro is offering two $750 scholarships to graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 or higher GPA or one $750 scholarship to a graduating high school senior with a 2.5 or higher GPA and a $750 scholarship to an adult/non-traditonal college student.

The family of the late Juanita McCumbee Stanley is providing a pair of $1,000 scholarships in her memory with the opportunity to renew for a second year.

Click here for an application form. Winners will be announced in May.

The deadline to submit an application for the scholarships is April 28. The application, which should include a cover letter, proof of 28320 residence, transcript, FAFSA verification, essay, and letters of recommendation, should be mailed in one envelope to: Boost the ‘Boro Scholarship Committee, PO Box 771, Bladenboro, NC 28320.

Questions or comments may be directed to boosttheboro@gmail.com

Boost the ‘Boro is a community civic organization that promotes Bladenboro. It oversees Beast Fest each fall that draws several thousand to downtown.

Stanley was a life-long resident of Bladenboro who used her musical talents to serve her church and community for over 65 years.

Stanley accepted Christ when she was 10 years old and became a member of New Light Church in January 1938. She began playing the piano shortly after without ever having any formal piano lessons. God had blessed her with a natural talent of “playing by ear” instead of “playing by note.”

Over the years, she taught herself to read the musical notes and in her later years, she taught piano to many students. Stanley also was a talented singer, played the organ and accordion. She taught Sunday School and was founder of a Christian Ladies Auxiliary, originally called “The Sunshine Club.” She was one of the first women to serve as a Deaconess in her Church.

For the Stanley Scholarships, priority shall be given to students pursuing a degree in music. If there are no qualified applicants pursuing this field, the scholarship award may be made to qualified students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, education, or business.

Priority shall also be given to those student candidates in need of financial aid to assist them in
obtaining their college degree.

Additionally, priority shall also be given to students who reside in the 28320 area but the award shall
be open to any qualified students who resides in Bladen County and, as much as possible, to those
students who plan to return to serve Bladen County residents.

The scholarship may be used for tuition, books or other fees or charges required for admission to the
student’s college of choice.

Responses will be used to determine if applicants are selected as scholarship recipients. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. Deadlines and requirements are firm. There are no exceptions.

The essay is a crucial part of the application process. It should be a quality representation of yourself and be typed.