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A $50K boost for college

SoVaNow.com / January 23, 2013
The Clarksville Ruritans have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Shelton Short Foundation, established in memory of Shelton and Jean Short, to be used for college scholarships for local students. Grants from the Short Foundation were received by the Ruritans the last two years (2011 and 2012) in the amounts of $25,000 and $20,000, respectively.

Ruritan President Julie Ames said, “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant, and a bit overwhelmed at the amount. I believe this reflects on the Short Foundation’s level of trust in our organization and our ability to put the funds to good use in the local community.”

As in prior years, the grant funds will be used exclusively for scholarships for Bluestone High School graduating seniors. In 2012, the Clarksville Ruritans awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 13 seniors, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

In 2013, the Ruritans plan to capitalize on the Short Foundation grant, add additional funds and award an unprecedented total of $75,000 in scholarships to seniors in the class of 2013.

“The Ruritans are committed to contributing to the Bluestone scholarship pool each year. It is our largest single regular donation back to the community. We want to honor the hard work of Bluestone seniors and help those with financial need get started on their way to college," Ames said.

Clarksville Ruritan scholarship awards are presented each year at Bluestone’s Awards Day in the late spring. Ruritan scholarship applications are scheduled to be available at the Bluestone Guidance Office by late February. Recipients are selected based on financial need and scholastic merit from a competitive pool of applicants.

The Ruritans encourage all interested Bluestone seniors to apply for the scholarships.

The Clarksville Ruritan Club is a community service organization dedicated to helping those most in need and to building a more vibrant local community. The club has, through the generosity of citizens, and through grants from the Short Foundation, donated over $200,000 back annually to the Clarksville and Mecklenburg County communities.

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