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Scholarship opportunities await county's graduating seniors, others

The following organizations are accepting scholarship applications from graduating Hernando County high school seniors:

The Timbertones Community Chorus of Timber Pines will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who is enrolled in vocal music classes or is participating in high school vocal music activities. A second scholarship may also be awarded.

Applications are available from all county high school guidance offices or music directors. The deadline is Feb. 23.

Applicants will be asked their musical goals and background, and are required to have an accumulated grade-point average of at least 2.8. A letter of recommendation from a vocal music teacher at the high school is required. Also, the winner must use the scholarship to further his or her musical education.

Finalists will be asked to audition before a committee led by Timbertones music director Bobbi Moger. The winner(s) will be asked to perform at the Timbertones' spring concert April 1.

For information, contact Charles Burnim at

Stage West Community Playhouse will award $6,000 in scholarships to students who intend to study voice or theater arts. The scholarships are funded by donations made by Stage West members and patrons.

The Irv Clark Scholarship for voice is worth $2,000; three Youth Scholarships are $1,000 each for theater arts studies, and one Appreciation Scholarship for $1,000 will be given to a student who has volunteered at Stage West, but may not be studying voice or theater arts.

Applications are available at high schools, as well as at the Stage West box office, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Completed applications must be returned by April 5. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

The Business and Professional Women of Hernando County is accepting applications for the 2012 scholarship. Applications are open to high school seniors, as well as to any woman returning to college to advance her education.

Applications are available in high school guidance departments, or send an email to The application deadline is March 15. For information, call Karen Lund at (352) 686-2891.

The Hernando County Bar Association is accepting applications for the Hernando County Bar Association Scholarship and the Alan W. Underwood Memorial Scholarship. Each is worth $1,000.

Applicants must be Hernando County residents, Pasco-Hernando Community College full- or part-time students, or graduating seniors who are either attending PHCC through dual enrollment or will be attending after graduation, and who are interested in a law or law-related career and have a 3.0 or higher grade-point average in high school and/or at the college level.

Students may apply for both scholarships, but can win only one. The deadline is March 23. For information or to obtain an application packet, contact the Scholarship Committee, Hernando County Bar Association, P.O. Box 673, Brooksville, FL 34605 or email Stephanie M. Chambers of the Hogan Law Firm at

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services will award the following scholarships:

Two $1,000 Richard Buckingham Community Service Scholarships to students who have volunteered a considerable number of community service hours (outside of school activities) with a Hernando County organization. Also, applicants must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average and plan to enroll as a full-time student in an accredited college, university or trade school.

A $1,000 "In Honor of Richard B. Nugent" Community Service Scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be going to college or a trade school for a public service position, such as law enforcement, firefighter or schoolteacher.

Information and applications are available at all Hernando County public and private high schools. For information, contact the school's guidance office or call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830, ext. 53660. A registration form may be printed off the Web at All applications must be received by the Sheriff's Office at 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, by 5 p.m. March 30.

The Hernando Jazz Society will award at least three $500 scholarships for private study of instruments or voice. Hernando County students in grades 9 to 12 may apply. Applications must be submitted by March 28.

Along with the application, students must submit a recording and a letter of reference for preaudition screening. Recordings may be an MP3 or WAV file, and may be submitted on a CD or attached in an email.

Finalists will be invited to an audition at 1 p.m. April 14 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Winners will be asked to perform at the May 20 session of the Hernando Jazz Society.

Students are not eligible to win the society's scholarships two years in a row. For information or applications, contact Louis Mauro at (352) 666-1749 or

The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation is accepting applications for its 2012 scholarships. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are available online at One is an academic scholarship available to all high school seniors; the other is specific to a high school tennis player.

The application deadline is April 1. For details, visit the website or email

Scholarship opportunities await county's graduating seniors, others 02/15/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:47pm]
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