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Deadline nears for historical society scholarship

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

UNION – Time is running out to apply for the McHenry County Historical Society’s inaugural Nancy Fike Scholarship.

The deadline to submit applications and all supporting documents is Monday.

The $1,000 college scholarship to honor the society’s retired former administrator, Nancy Fike, will be presented annually to a graduating senior from a McHenry County high school who plans to study education, history or the social sciences. The financial award will be given on behalf of the student to his or her chosen college or university. 

For more than 40 years, Fike demonstrated her love for McHenry County and its history. Her attention to education and historical accuracy can be observed in the programs, museum, research library and buildings now owned and maintained by the society. 

Applications for the inaugural scholarship, which will be awarded for the 2013-14 academic year, are available on the society’s website, mchsonline.org. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, provide two letters of recommendation as specified in the application, show proof of community service and write a 500-word essay pertaining to McHenry County. Essay topics will be announced each year by the society. 

For this first year, the topic is “Research and discuss a historically significant event from the past 50 years in McHenry County.”

For information, call 815-923-2267.

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