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Applications Now Being Accepted for Mountain Laurel Art Scholarship and Outstanding Educator of the Year

May 18, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education is now accepting applications for the $1,000 Mountain Laurel Art Scholarship for 2007-2008 and the educator of the year award.  

The one-year scholarship, co-founded by attorney Becky Fillinger and book illustrator Henry Cole and sponsored by the Bluefield State College Foundation, was established to promote art studies in post-secondary education. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student who is enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university arts program and is not renewable.  

Eligible students must be a graduating high school senior with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and must reside in either West Virginia or Appalachian Virginia.  

To enter, interested students must complete an application and submit a 500-word essay, a letter of college acceptance, a letter or recommendation and an art sample. The deadline for entries is July 27, 2007, and a winner will be selected in late summer.  

WVACHE also is accepting nominations for the 2007 Wayne F. White Outstanding Educator of the Year award. The award recognizes a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator for their extraordinary efforts in increasing their studentsí college participation. Nominations are due by July 31, 2007.  

For more information, contact Sarita Rhonemus at (304) 327-4096 or sarhonemus@bluefieldstate.com. Scholarship applications and nomination forms may be downloaded from the West Virginia Access Center for Higher Educationís Web site at www.oache.org/wvache_home.htm.

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