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Jefferson Leadership Institute creates new scholarship for high school juniors

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The Northern New York Community Foundation is accepting applications for the new Jefferson Leadership Institute scholarship for high school juniors who reside and attend school in Jefferson County.

The application packet will be distributed to each of the 14 school districts in Jefferson County and also can be downloaded directly from the foundation’s website, www.nnycf.org.

Applicants will be evaluated by their commitment to local civic engagement, personal character and academic potential. Selections will be made on the basis of an application form with five short answers, two recommendations, a certified academic transcript and a possible interview. Completed applications must be returned to the foundation or postmarked by no later than April 1.

Awards will consist of a year of mentorship from JLI alumni that would take place during the recipients’ senior year of high school, coupled with a minimum of $500 for college. The chance for mentorship from local business and community leaders distinguishes this scholarship from others available to Jefferson County high school students. At least one scholarship will be awarded every May.

The scholarship was created by the JLI class of 2013, in partnership with the foundation, to encourage civic engagement among Jefferson County youths and to foster their return to the community upon completion of their education.

“We were motivated to make a positive, lasting impact on both micro and macro levels when deciding on our class project,” JLI participant Elizabeth C. Quencer said. “We are confident that this unique scholarship we have designed will accomplish this. We are on track to meet our goal of raising enough money to award multiple $1,000 scholarships this year.”

The foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations for the JLI scholarship. Checks can be made payable to the Northern New York Community Foundation and sent to the foundation’s office at 120 Washington St., Suite 400, Watertown, N.Y. 13601. “JLI Scholarship” should be written on the memo line.

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