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​The Boost the ‘Boro, Inc. Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it will award FIVE  Scholarships to Bladen County students in 2024.

​Boost the ‘Boro Scholarship 
Since 2018, Boost the Boro, Inc. has made available at least two scholarship awards for Bladen County graduating students, or for any adult, who may have been in the workforce for a while, but has chosen to return for additional training or to pursue a new career.

In 2023, Boost the Boro will make available THREE awards, of which, two must be residents of the 28320 postal zone, and the third winner may be a resident of any Bladen County community.  

Based on the applications received by the cutoff date, Boost the ‘Boro will award all three $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 or higher GPA, or two $1,000 scholarships to a graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 GPA or higher, and one $1,000 scholarship to an adult/non-traditional college student. 

(New in 2023)
Juanita Stanley Boost the Boro Scholarship
Juanita McCumbee Stanley, a lifelong resident of Bladenboro, North Carolina used her musical talents to serve her Church and her community for over 65 years.  She accepted Christ at the age of ten and became a member of New Light Church in January 1938.  She began playing the piano shortly after this date without ever having any formal piano lessons.  God had blessed her with a natural talent of “playing by ear” instead of “playing by note”.  Over the years, she taught herself to read the musical notes and in her later years, she taught piano to many students. 

Mrs. Stanley was also a talented singer, played the organ, as well as the accordion.  She taught Sunday School and was the founder of a Christian Ladies Auxiliary, originally called “The Sunshine Club” and was one of the first women to serve as a Deaconess in her Church. 

The Juanita Stanley Boost the Boro Scholarship will be awarded to (2) qualified applicants in the amount of $1,000 each.  These two students would be eligible to receive a second $1,000 award for their sophomore year, provided they maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit documentation for payment remittal to Boost the Boro, Inc. 

Priority for the Juanita Stanley award will be given to students pursuing a degree in music, however, if there are NO qualified applicates pursuing this field, the scholarship award will be made to qualified students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, education, or business. 

Priority shall also be given to those student candidates in need of financial aid to assist them in obtaining their college degree. Additionally, priority shall also be given to students who reside in the 28320 area of Bladen County, however, the award shall be open to any qualified students who reside in Bladen County and, as much as possible, to those students who plan to return to serve Bladen County residents. 

Both scholarship awards may be used for tuition, books or other fees or charges required for admission to the student’s college of choice.

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