Pasco County School News
Company creates scholarships for FFA Tractor Supply Co. has recently announced a new scholarship program to assist FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,150 Tractor Supply stores until Feb. 24, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 at store registers during checkout to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply's Growing Scholars program will be used to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent will benefit state FFA organizations. "This program will provide critical funding to FFA members who intend to pursue a college degree and local FFA chapters that enrich the lives of young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities," said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort.To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior in college seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized-training program. For information, visit the National FFA Foundation at www.ffa.org/give. Trinity Rotary offering three $1,000 grants The Rotary Club of Trinity is accepting applications for the 2013 Al Arzu Scholarship. Three grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to the winners. Arzu was a Trinity Rotarian who died in a car crash. Applicants must be a high school senior, live in and attend school in Pasco County and complete all requirements of the Trinity Rotary scholarship application. Applications must be postmarked by April 1. For information or to receive a copy of the scholarship application, email Tina Shelton at email@example.com. PHCC team to give kids free dental care Pasco-Hernando Community College will provide free dental care to local children in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Give Kids A Smile initiative. A team of volunteer dentists, hygienists, students and graduates of the PHCC dental program will put on the event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the dental clinic on PHCC west campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Eligible children will receive free services, including exams, X-rays, cleanings and sealants. Follow-up services will be provided, including fillings and extractions. Children are being qualified by Pasco school nurses. Families must meet income criteria and children must be ages 6 to 17. PHCC's Give Kids A Smile event is sponsored by the American Dental Association, West Pasco Dental Association and the Pasco-Hernando Dental Hygienists Association. BPW scholarships for women offered Business and Professional Women of Calusa is again offering scholarships to Pasco County women pursuing a higher education at a Florida-based college, university, technical school or other accredited higher learning institution. Applicants must be a Pasco resident and U.S. citizen continuing her education. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by April 30. Go to www.bpwcalusa.org and click on "Scholarship" to download the application. The BPW Calusa scholarship awards luncheon will be held June 21. For information, call Jane Obergfell at (727) 430-0287.