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Scholarships highlight event

Several $1,000 college scholarships, to be awarded through a drawing, highlight this year's fourth annual College Bound Conference Saturday at the Downtown Hilton, 333 First St. S.

The free conference, which features about a dozen seminars on college life, targets families and youngsters who may want to pursue higher education but don't know how to go about it or believe that it is not feasible for them. Parents are encouraged to attend.

The conference begins with 8 a.m. registration and continues through the day. Sessions will provide information on a number of topics: what colleges are looking for, how to pass entrance exams, paying for higher education, developing study skills and participating in college athletics.

There also will be special sessions for those interested in degrees in math and science or in the arts, or in pursuing vocational or military careers.

"We do realize that everyone is not cut out for a traditional four-year degree. We're trying to convince these families to pursue some kind of post-secondary education," said Todd Smith, one of the organizers.

The Champions Fund, a charity comprising professional sports funds and foundations, is one of the co-sponsors.

A banquet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ends the day. For information or to register, call (727) 867-2521 or (727) 345-7774.