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Each year, the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) distributes more than $7,000 in scholarships to students in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin and Pike County areas. The nonprofit organization will offer ten $500 college scholarships and a $2,000 Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship. The scholarships are funded through the Community Service Block Grant.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is available to students majoring in social work, social services, public service, or related fields. Applicants must be at least in their third year of post-secondary education, must have a volunteer record, and must meet the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) scholarship application requirements.

Eula Hall, who passed away last year, lived her life as an advocate for local workers, children and families. She served with the Volunteers in Service to America, the Appalachian Volunteers, the East Kentucky Worker’s Rights Organization, and as president of the Kentucky Black Lung Association. She established the Mud Creek Clinic in 1973 to serve the uninsured and underinsured. The Mud Creek Clinic, now known at Eula Hall Health Center, provides general clinical care, pharmacy, dental care, optometry, mental health services, patient transportation, public benefits counseling and a pantry. She served on the board of BSACAP for nearly 40 years.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said, “We are honored to continue Eula Hall’s legacy and encourage the next generation to follow her example of courageous service to others.

BSACAP will also offer ten $500 CSBG Academic Scholarships to area students.

If you are a student entering or returning to college or vocational school this fall and need financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship.

Applicants must provide the following information and/or documents to apply for the scholarship:

• Meet income eligibility as determined by federal poverty guidelines

• Provide proof of residency in the BSACAP service area via utility bill or stamped first class mail within 30 days of request

• Complete and sign an application available online or through staff

• Complete a family profile as per CSBG guidelines (please contact a member of staff to complete this part over the phone)

• Provide proof of a high school diploma or GED

• Provide proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better from last semester of high school or last completed semester of college

• Provide two reference letters

• Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance into a post-secondary institution for the Fall 2022 semester/quarter

• Write an essay on why they think they should receive the award

Candidates who have completed a 4-year degree or are pursuing studies at Masters level and above are not eligible. BSACAP staff and family members of staff are not eligible.

Applications will be available online at www.bsacap.org/scholarships. In order to complete the application, you must schedule an in-person meeting with your county’s Community Resources Representative at bsacap.org/bookings. For more information, write to [email protected] Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 29.

Funding for the scholarships is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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