Special to the Journal
Altrusa International of Temple, Texas Inc. will be awarding scholarships to students who attend Bell County high schools, including Academy, Bartlett, Belton, Holland, Rogers, Salado, Temple, Troy, Holy Trinity, Central Texas Christian School and students in home schooling programs. In addition, students attending Temple College or the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with proof of residency in Bell County for the last 12 months are eligible. The scholarships are also open to prior awardees enrolled in a Texas college, university or vocational school and meeting all other criteria.
Each year Altrusa International Inc. of Temple holds one fund raising event, “The Taste of the Holidays.” The many women who support this inventive menu of holiday foods and style show with their attendance and donations provide the funds for our scholarship program. Annual amounts vary and are dependent on proceeds from raffle items on the total raffle ticket funds.
This year three $1,500 scholarships for academics will be awarded, with an additional $1,500 scholarship awarded to a student who is a member of Altrusa’s Astra club.
Astra clubs welcome members to join who are interested in becoming Altrusans and want to begin their path to service while in high school or college. There are two Astra clubs sponsored the Altrusa International Inc. of Temple. The college level club is affiliated with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the high school club is at Belton High School. Both male and female students are welcome to join. Those interested can contact Altrusa for additional information at www.altrusatemple.org.
Altrusa will also give an additional scholarship to students in vocational school. The scholarship(s) set up in the memory of Irene T. Hurst goes to students pursuing vocational careers and meet guideline qualifications. This year the amount is increased to $1,000. These fields include, among others: electricians, plumbers, culinary arts, cosmetology, agricultural, automotive studies and welding.
Scholarship eligibility requirements include the minimum of a 3.0 point average on a 4.0 grading scale, the enrollment or acceptance to any Texas college or university as a full-time student, a brief personal statement of why the candidate should be considered and individual education goals, student activities both in school and extracurricular, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty, administrator or employer and an official transcript verifying grade average from the last attended academic institution. Applications are open to both men and women residing in Bell County.
Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2015 to be eligible. Applicants should contact their appropriate high school counselor for applications or go to www.altrusatemple.org.