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Education

The Temple NAACP is seeking applicants for its 2019 scholarship opportunities.

These scholarships are offered to students graduating from high school in Temple Independent School District this spring.

Eligible applicants will be attending an accredited college, university or approved post-secondary institution in the fall of 2019, according to a news release.

As with many other scholarship opportunities, applications are available in the Temple High School Counseling Office.

“The scholarship is for deserving students that graduate Temple High School,” NAACP education chairperson Virginia Leak said.

According to the release, the deadline to turn in applications is April 12. Leak said that the NAACP has an established process for reviewing applicants before making a decision.

“We have an interview,” Leak said. “We look at particular criteria as far as GPA (grade point average), … extracurricular activities, community involvement.”

The review process also considers student needs, but this is not primarily a need-based scholarship.

“We look at finance, but … the scholarship is not totally based on income alone,” Leak said.

The date for the interviews will be April 23. They will be held at the Community Resource Center located at 101 N. Main St.

Last year, the NAACP gave out eight scholarships ranging from $750 to $1,500. In 2017, the organization awarded 13 scholarships.

These are one-time scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be announced and recognized at the Senior Achievement Banquet in May.

The banquet is held in honor of all the graduating seniors of Temple High School. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Temple College Pavilion.