The Blaine County Education Foundation will host its first Scholarship Fair at the Community Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4-7 p.m.

Working with the Wood River Women’s Foundation and Cox Communications, the foundation hopes to get middle and high school students thinking about what comes next—and how their community can help get them there.

“We realize that figuring out the next step after high school can be intimidating,” said Jane Rosen, a foundation spokeswoman. “The [Blaine County Education Foundation] is attempting to ease this transition by providing information on the options available and the steps needed to get there.”

The fair will focus on scholarships and financial aid for colleges and trade schools, sending kids home with a booklet summarizing the subject.

The selection process for local scholarships varies—as do awards—but all require an application and essay. Some also ask for interviews, recommendations, transcripts, test scores—a whole gamut of information, so interested students should plan ahead.

Last year, locals sponsored more than 50 scholarships, helping around 100 students pay for school. Awards typically range from $100 to $2,000, and can be given as a one-time sum or a recurring grant throughout the recipient’s years of study.

Local scholarships for the class of 2020 will be awarded at a ceremony in the spring.

For more information, or to learn more about funding a scholarship, contact foundation Executive Director Kristy Heitzman at 208-578-5449.

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