The Rotary Club of Sherwood announces that it will award four college scholarships this spring, two of which will be awarded to a male with the other two to be given to a female. All scholarship recipients must be residents of Sherwood.

"Our intent was to keep the application simple but we really wanted a sample of their writing and the finalist will be interviewed by a panel of Sherwood Rotarians prior to being selected as a winner," said Sherwood Rotary Club President Beverly Williams.

Two of the scholarships will be for amounts of $1,000, with the other two being $500 awards. The application process is identical for both the $1,000 and $500 scholarships, she said.

"The student must be a resident of Sherwood, however, that does not mean they must be graduating from a Sherwood high school," Williams said.

For full consideration, an applicant must submit the following information to the Rotary Club of Sherwood by March 1. Students who want to vie for the scholarships need to complete an application, put together a one-page essay and have two letters of reference.

"One of the letters is to be from a high school facility member and one general reference from a non-family member," she said.

Candidates must also provide the committee a transcript of their grades through the fall semester of 2012.

Williams said top candidates will be selected and notified regarding interviews with the Sherwood Rotary Club Committee prior to March 18.

Williams said the $500 scholarships are for students planning to attend Pulaski Technical College.

Students need to return the application and statement/essay to the Rotary Club of Sherwood by March 1, she said.

Applicants should mail them to: Rotary Club of Sherwood, P.O. Box 6185, Sherwood, AR 72124. Completed applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered.

On the application, students are able to list different types of information, such as special achievements, honors and recognitions, and extracurricular activities.

In the essay, students are to include an individual statement describing unique educational experiences (e.g., special projects), career plans, leadership experience, community involvement, need for scholarship and how the funds will be used.

"This statement should be no longer than one typewritten, double-spaced page," Williams said.

In the education segment of the application, students are supposed to list the college or university they are planning to attend, major, their high school, grade point average, and high school rank.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Langston at (501) 607-3767 or email her at

Selections will be made by April 1. The scholarship applications can be found at