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Worcester Co. Library Foundation Scholarships

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WORCESTER CO., Md. – Students in Worcester County have opportunities to get money for college directly from the County Library Foundation. Mark Thomas, CEO of the Foundation (and Director of the Library), says they've been awarding scholarships for the past five years. "Libraries are in the education business, and that's why the foundation decided to enter the scholarship business," says Thomas.

The Foundation offers two – or sometimes three, depending on funding and valuation – scholarships, named for two prominent men in the history of the Worcester County Library, Klein Leister and John Staley, both former directors.

The $1,000 scholarships are available to all Worcester County high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university or who will pursue advanced career and technical education within two years following graduation. "They could certainly go to any of the three high schools in Worcester County but it could also be Worcester Prep, and we have actually awarded a scholarship to a home-schooled student, so anybody is eligible who's planning to continue their education after high school," says Thomas.

Applications are evaluated based on merit, financial need, individual or group volunteerism, and a required essay. That essay should be no more than 1,000 words, relating to a book that has had a significant impact on the applicant's life and education.

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 4th, 2014. The foundation asks that you submit the materials in a sealed envelope labeled "Leister/Staley Scholarship" to your nearest Worcester County Library branch location.

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