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Callon scholars sought for this year

Happy Mardi Gras, Miss-Lou!

The Krewe of Phoenix is in full swing with our “Reveling Rivalries” theme.

We are looking forward to our Phoenix parade Friday and our Grand Ball on Saturday.

Many people are unaware that the Krewe is involved in more than parades and parties.

The Krewe of Phoenix awards the John S. Callon Scholarship each year to a deserving high school graduate in memory of our first king, Mr. Callon.

This scholarship fund was set up in the mid 1980s and throughout the years has provided scholarship funds to many deserving graduates from our Miss-Lou community.

Information packets have been mailed to area high school guidance counselors. I am encouraging all graduating seniors to contact your guidance counselors and apply. Applicants should include a high school transcript, ACT or SAT score, letters of recommendation and a completed application and Krewe of Phoenix questionnaire. A selection committee will evaluate the application based upon the rubic that applicants can also get from their guidance counselors.

The committee will be looking at the difficulty level of the courses the applicant has taken, including AP courses and upper level sciences and math. Applicants should also include any honors they have received such as class rank, valedictorian/salutatorian and any awards. 

The committee will look at involvement in extracurricular activities, art, athletics, jobs and leadership roles. Community service is important to the Krewe of Phoenix.

The committee will want to know in which community service projects applicants have been involved. 

Applicants are also asked to include an essay explaining “Why you want to continue your education and what you plan for your life.” 

The completed application should be returned to your school counselor by March 19 where they will be picked up on March 22. This will give your counselor time to review your application.

The committee will evaluate the applications and select the winner on March 25. 

Applications received after March 22 will be ineligible.

Graduates, please contact your guidance counselors for applications. We look forward to awarding the John S. Calon scholarship to a deserving Miss-Lou graduate. 

Donations to the John S. Callon Scholarship in memory or honor of someone can be mailed to my address, 305 Live Oak Drive, Natchez, MS 39120.

 

SHANNA POLLARD  is the Krewe of Phoenix Scholarship Chairperson.