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Library to give student money

Scholarship money available to Junior Volunteer
College-bound seniors looking for some financial assistance should check out what the Friends of the Ennis Public Library have to offer.
Friends of the Ennis Public Library are giving away a $250 scholarship to a senior from Ennis High School or a home school in Ennis, said Retta Herbst, chairman of the Friends of the Library scholarship committee.
The scholarship is offered to students who have volunteered at least 20 hours at the library with the Junior Volunteer program. The volunteer hours can be accrued from the time the student was in seventh grade until his or her junior year, Herbst said.
“We want to not only remind current Junior Volunteers to apply for the scholarship, but also get more kids involved in the program,” Herbst said. “Not many people actually know that the Junior Volunteers exist.”
Most Junior Volunteers start volunteering the summer after their seventh grade year, said Jessica Diaz, the coordinator of the Junior Volunteer program. This is because there is a summer reading group for children that meets during the summers. Students can attend the program through sixth grade, and many come back the next year to help out.
Diaz said most volunteers help out in the summer because they are out of school, and that there are usually about 10 really committed volunteers.
“We serve so many young kids during the summer, and we as a staff at the library can get a little overwhelmed,” she said. “The Junior Volunteers help everything run smoothly.”
Some students who are in high school do volunteer throughout the year since many of them need volunteer hours for school. When Diaz started working at the library in 1999, there were older students helping at the library, and she applied the term “Junior Volunteers” to library volunteers who were younger than 18.
This is the second year the Friends of the Library have offered the scholarship. Last year, Erik Alvarado was the recipient of the award.
Funds from the scholarship must go toward the student’s tuition, books, housing or fees for the fall 2009 and/or spring 2010 semesters.
To apply, send a cover letter with your name, address, phone number and the name of the college you will be attending. Applicants must also include an essay on the theme of volunteerism not to exceed 750 words.
Applications must be given to Jessica Diaz at the Ennis Public Library or sent to her attention at Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave, Ennis, TX 75119. Contact Diaz for more information about the scholarship or to find out more about volunteering at the library.

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