Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Accepting Applications for 2021 Scholarship

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Despite financial hardship brought by the COVID-pandemic, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a Coweta County student intending to pursue a college education with a history or history-related major or minor.

The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is now taking applications for its annual scholarship awarded to a local student in good standing. The scholarship will be issued at a rate of $500 per year, paid in installments per semester or quarter, depending on the institution’s system.

The NCHS scholarship is intended to promote the study of history and history-related fields. History helps us understand change, society, and community, and the study of it creates well-rounded, skillful citizens. This specific scholarship is an investment in the Newnan and Coweta community and its future and serves to promote the Historical Society’s goal of preserving and protecting local history. The challenges of the COVID-pandemic creates even more of a necessity for this year’s scholarship. Many local families have suffered financial hardships during this time, and the NCHS scholarship is intended to support the continuing education of our local community — particularly during such a moment in time when the necessity of documenting and preserving history is so recognized.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a Coweta County resident in their senior year of high school and in good standing to graduate. Students from public schools, private schools, home schools, and virtual schools are all eligible to apply. Applicants must intend to pursue history or a history-related field as an area of study. The mailing deadline for applications is April 2, 2021. Applications must include: a completed and signed application form, official transcripts and available aptitude test scores; letter of acceptance from college/university (if received); three letters of recommendation; and a one-page personal statement. The NCHS staff and Scholarship Committee may request a followup interview with applicants.

The scholarship application is available at the NCHS website: www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com. The application can also be found on the NCHS Facebook page or can be picked up at NCHS offices at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum (74 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263). For more information or questions concerning the application process, please call the NCHS offices at 770.251.0207 or email [email protected].

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