Local high school seniors seeking help to attend college may apply for one of four scholarships available this year from the Jackson County Genealogy Society.

A new scholarship, named in honor of the late Lenoir Nicholson Stack, will be awarded for the first time this spring. The daughter of George Thomas Nicholson and Parthenia Page Nicholson, Stack was the only daughter among the couple’s eight children. After attending Johns Creek Elementary and Cullowhee High schools, Stack earned her teaching certificate from what was then Western Carolina College (now University), adding a master’s degree, also from WCC, in 1955.

She taught for 42 years in various Jackson County Public Schools, including Johns Creek. She ended her career at Scotts Creek, where she was on the faculty for 25 years, mostly teaching first grade. Stack was active in local, state and national education associations.

Stack, who died in 2006, was married to Walter L. Stack and had one son, George Thomas Stack.

JCGS President Kenny Nicholson, one of Stack’s nephews, and Stack’s son Tommy spearheaded the JCGS Scholarship as a way to honor her memory.

“She really valued education,” said Nicholson, a longtime local principal before his retirement, adding that Lenoir Stack was influential in his life. “She encouraged me to go to college, which led me to a long career in education,” he said.

Stack’s former students as well as other community members are encouraged to donate to the Stack Scholarship Fund and may do so by sending a check to the JCGS, P.O. Box 480, Sylva, NC 28779, and writing “Stack Scholarship” in the memo line.

In addition to the new Stack Scholarship, the JCGS offers the Robert Larry Crawford Scholarship, established by his family to honor the longtime Smoky Mountain High history teacher and former JCGS publications director; the William Loranzo Crawford Scholarship, established two years ago to honor the JCGS’ senior genealogist; and a scholarship through the Jim and Jean Scott Foundation.

Deadline to apply for all four JCGS scholarships is Friday, April 3.

Seniors who attend either Blue Ridge Early College, Jackson County Early College, Jackson Community School or Smoky Mountain High School are eligible for the four awards, which are each valued at $750.

Each applicant must complete an application and write a one- to two-page essay on one of the following topics: family history; a family member; a local place or historical event; or the importance of genealogical research.

The JCGS Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and chooses applicants to be interviewed. Applicants must appear in person for their interview.

Information and applications are available online at www.jcgsnc.org or from guidance counselors at the schools listed above.

For more information, email Scholarship Committee Chairman Kenny Nicholson at kenicholson@yahoo.com or call the JCGS office at 631-2646.