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

Two new scholarships will be awarded this spring. They are the Clayton Family Scholarship, donated by JCGS member Mike Clayton and honoring his grandparents, Thomas Lee Clayton and Ethel Dona Hooper Clayton; and the Robert Glenn Crawford and Hazel Norman Crawford Scholarship, given by JCGS founding member Ruth Shuler in honor of her parents.

In addition to the new scholarships, the JCGS offers the Robert Larry Crawford and William Loranzo Crawford scholarships, which honor two founding JCGS members; the Lenoir Nicholson Stack Scholarship, given in memory of a longtime local educator; and a Rotary Scholarship, funded through a grant from the Sylva Rotary Club.

Deadline to apply for all JCGS scholarships is Friday, April 9.

Seniors who attend either Blue Ridge Early College, Jackson County Early College, Jackson Community School or Smoky Mountain High School are eligible for the six 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.

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 (631-2646), which is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.