Carver award taking applications

Graduating high school seniors and home-schooled students receiving a GED are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship.

The seventh annual George Washington Carver Scholarship is offered in part by the Carver Birthplace District Association and the George Washington Carver National Monument.

George Washington Carver faced many obstacles in getting his master’s degree in agriculture. Carver taught at Tuskegee Institute, and encouraged the students to “strive for your highest goal.” Carver is responsible for more than 300 products derived from the peanut, and 100 from the sweet potato.

Students can get applications from the Visitor Center at the George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Road, in Diamond, Missouri, or from local high school counselors. Submit completed applications to the Carver Birthplace District Association, 5646 Carver Road, in Diamond by April 4.

The scholarship is a one-time award. The student is chosen by community involvement, academic achievement, and need.

The scholarship can be used at Iowa State University, Tuskegee University, Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, or an accredited college within a 75-mile radius of Diamond. Students must be studying one of the following: science, art, agriculture, music, education, or Bible.

Applications must be submitted to the Carver Birthplace District Association by April 4.