The Juniper Arts Council scholarship

JOHN DAY - The Juniper Arts Council is offering a scholarship in the amount of $250 for 2004. The scholarship will be given to a Grant County student interested in pursuing a career in the visual and performing arts. This includes - but is not limited to - music, art, dance and drama.

The scholarship is available to current high school seniors and students that have graduated within the last three years. The student must have been a resident of Grant County at the time he or she finished high school and must have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or better.

For more information, contact local area schools, a member of the Juniper Arts Council or call Karin Barntish at (541) 575-2721.

Agriculture/Business scholarship

GRANT COUNTY - The Bank of Eastern Oregon is sponsoring an agriculture/business scholarship for graduating seniors at Heppner, Ione, Arlington, Condon, Boardman, Spray, Fossil, Burns, John Day, Monument, Long Creek, Dayville, Prairie City and Moro. This marks the ninth year the bank has sponsored the $500 scholarships to students. This year the awards total $5,000.

Applicants must plan to enroll in college in either agriculture or business. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership and citizenship.

Applications can be picked up from school counselors or at a branch of Bank of Eastern Oregon. The deadline to submit an application is May 3.

Elks Lodge #1824 annual scholarship

GRANT COUNTY - The Elks Lodge #1824 annual scholarship applications for Grant County senior students is available now from local school principals and counselors. First-place is awarded $2,000 and second-place receives a $1,000 award. All applications and letters of recommendation must be received by scholarship chairman, Carol Rudishauser, 28658 Indian Creek Rd., John Day, OR 97845 on or before May 3.

If you have any questions call (541) 820-3586.

Festival yields scholarships for local high-schoolers

Wednesday, April 14, Grant Union High School had 22 students attend the Arts and Culture Festival at Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC). At the festival, BMCC held the Blue Mountain Skills Challenge for high school students in Eastern Oregon, with students attending from the Dalles to John Day.

All first-place winners received a ribbon and a scholarship to BMCC and second- and third-places received a ribbon. The competitions were held from 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Students who did not compete during those times attended workshops offered on various subjects such as service learning, MECha, belly dancing, Samoan dancing and plays.

From Grant Union, Natasha Holmstrom took first-place in the jazz solo competition in which she sang; Angie and Jeannie Allen received first-place for their original play that was written and performed by them; Rebecca Holliday received second-place in the creative writing competition and Cara Merkling received third-place in the Spanish I competition.

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