2017 Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship

The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is calling for entries to their scholarship essay contest open to all Nassau County high school seniors. The gnarly scallywags offer two separate awards. One winner will be given some extra booty for college, and the other winner is chosen from the pool of students who enter the competition that have chosen to serve in our United States Armed Forces.

All contestants must submit a 750 word essay to the Pirates Club, by Monday April 10, 2017. The subject is to be about pirates or pirating: past, present or future, complete with proper citations and references. Eligible students may attend high school at home, in a public or private school, or in another county, but they must be a full-time resident of Nassau County, Florida.

The award for the college bound student is a check for up to $1,500.00 made payable to the winner’s chosen school upon acceptance, and must be applied towards tuition and/or books. The winning entry for the student entering military service will receive a check for $500.00 upon completion of basic training. Proof of completion is required.

The winner(s) must be available to join the Pirates on Sunday, May 7, 2017 on the Waterfront Stage during the “Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival” for a formal announcement, public relations photos and of course to grab the booty!

Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 17243
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

All entries must be submitted to the above address and post marked by April 10, 2017. For more information please visit FernandinaPirates.com.

2016 Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship

Pirate Scholarship 2016The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is calling for entries to their scholarship essay contest open to all Nassau County high school seniors. The gnarly scallywags offer two separate awards. One winner will be given some extra booty for college, and the other winner is chosen from the pool of students who enter the competition that have chosen to serve in our United States Armed Forces.

All contestants must submit a 750 word essay to the Pirates Club, by Monday April 8, 2016. The subject is to be about pirates or pirating: past, present or future, complete with proper citations and references. Eligible students may attend high school at home, in a public or private school, or in another county, but they must be a full-time resident of Nassau County, Florida.

The award for the college bound student is a check for up to $1,500.00 made payable to the winner’s chosen school upon acceptance, and must be applied towards tuition and/or books. The winning entry for the student entering military service will receive a check for $500.00 upon completion of basic training. Proof of completion is required.

The winner(s) must be available to join the Pirates on Sunday, May 1, 2016 on the Waterfront Stage during the “Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival” for a formal announcement, public relations photos and of course to grab the booty!

Information on the 2016 Essay Contest is available at www.FernandinaPirates.com.

Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 17243
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

All entries must be submitted to the above address and post marked by April 08, 2016.

American Business Women’s Scholarship Now Accepting Applicants

American Business Women's Scholarship Now Accepting ApplicantsThe Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering a $2,000.00 scholarship, funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund, to one Nassau County student.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide the scholarship to female students who will attend accredited United States colleges, universities and, or community/vocational schools.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States; must be residents of Nassau County, FL; must attend or be attending college in August 2015; and, currently have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants should contact Dawn Lunt at dawn32034@att.net with their full name and email address. Deadline is March 31, 2015 to apply.

Log on to www.sbmef.org for scholarship application and further instructions.

A minimum of three eligible completed applications are required in order for the scholarship to be awarded. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May. Since inception in 1969, the Eight Flags ABWA has proudly given away over $100,000 in scholarships to Nassau County students.

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Ansley Howard Receives American Business Woman’s Assocition’s Scholarship

Ansley Howard Receives American Business Woman's Assocition's Scholarship(Pictured are Dawn Lunt, 2013-2014 President, Eight Flags Chapter, ABWA and Ansley Howard, award recipient)

The Eight Flags Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) met on July 17, 2014, awarding their yearly college scholarship.

Ms. Ansley Howard of Yulee, FL was awarded the $2,000.00 scholarship. Ansley is the daughter of Jan Howard and Jonathan Howard. Ansley graduated from Sonshine Christian Academy on May 18, 2014. While attending high school, Ansley was dually enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville and acquired her Associates degree.

Ansley will be attending college at the University of South Florida, and will acquire her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Bio-chemistry. Ansley’s ultimate career aspiration is to be an oncologist or an onco-genetic researcher.

Yes, she is a very energetic young lady! In her young life she has kept busy with various community projects. Two of her favorite experiences were attending Nassau County’s Youth Leadership Nassau program, being the youngest person to do so. Upon graduation from this program, she was asked to be a Peer Leader for “Youth Nassau”, helping to plan the following years’ activities and led their leadership development program.

Her second beloved experience is assisting her father with his wildlife rehabilitation program. This program is focused on rescuing animals from the wild that may be sick or hurt, nursing these animals back to full health and releasing them back into their natural habitat. The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA proudly recognizes Ansley and is honored to have awarded this year’s scholarship to such a deserving young woman.

Article and image contributed by Publicity Chairperson Shelley Hirsch, Eight Flags Chapter, ABWA

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2014 College Goal Sunday at FSCJ

2014 College Goal Sunday at FSCJNassau County, FL – The FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center will host College Goal Sunday on February 23, from 1-4PM. The afternoon event is designed to help high school seniors and families pay for college by providing free expert assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A completed FAFSA application is required by the U.S. Department of Education and higher education institutions nationwide to determine student eligibility for federal student aid such as the Pell grant, work-study aid, and loans. The FAFSA is also used to determine student eligibility for state, private, and institutional aid. College Goal Sunday Florida is coordinated by the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in partnership with the Florida Department of Education, USA Funds, and the Florida College Access Network.

Participants will be able to enter for scholarship drawings totaling $10,500. The scholarships range from $250 to $2000. Scholarships are being offered by the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College and Florida State College at Jacksonville. There are also two $250 College Goal Sunday scholarships that may be used at any Florida college.

High school seniors who have completed the FAFSA for 2014-2015 or complete the FAFSA during this event are eligible to enter the drawings.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend even if they have not completed their 2013 tax return. Parents and students should bring the following documents:
• Your Social Security number
• Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
• Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (NOTE: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
• Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
• Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
• A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically.If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.

The event is being held statewide. The local site is a collaboration of Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Edward Waters College, and the Nassau County School District.

Light refreshments will be served. Completing the FAFSA takes approximately one hour. Please arrive by 2:30PM at the latest. The Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Boulevard in Yulee, Florida.

Please call 548-4432 for directions to the Nassau Center or for additional information.

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Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program 2014

Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program 2014Do you know a young volunteer aged 6 to 18 who deserves the opportunity to win the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship for 2014? SearchAmelia’s own, Ally at the Desk was the “Store Winner” last year! The The 2014 Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program nomination form is now available and to see a student who is truly committed to community be rewarded with a little perk, well, it’s worth it!

Top winners receive $10,000 each. Nominations are open now through March 14; nominators must be 21 or older.

Nominees must have not graduated high school and immediate family members or Kohl’s employees are not eligible.

Store winners will each receive a $50.00 Kohl’s gift card. Regional winners will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship towards higher education and National winners will each recieve a total of $10,000.00 in scholarships.

To nominate a young volunteer, go to kohls.scholarshipamerica.org and follow the online instructions. Please note, no extensions will be granted.

Details regarding the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program can be found in the Official Rules and Frequently Asked Questions.

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PLAYERS Championship Red Coats Continue Scholarships

PLAYERS Championship Red Coats Continue ScholarshipsJacksonville, FL – FSCJ Foundation and scholarship recipients honor PLAYERS Championship Red Coats for more than $44,000 in scholarships for 2013.

The Florida State College Foundation welcomed THE PLAYERS Championship Red Coats to a HOPE Luncheon to honor their continued support of the College and the endowed scholarship fund they established in 2004. Twelve scholarship recipients had the opportunity to thank the Red Coats at the Nov. 13, 2013 HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Education) Luncheon.

For Fiscal Year 2013, THE PLAYERS Championship Volunteer Scholarship endowment totaled over $1 million, with $44,600 in scholarships awarded to FSCJ students. “I just want to thank all of the Red Coats for what you do in the community and specifically for FSCJ students,” said scholarship recipient Sekia Grimes. “Earning this scholarship meant that I could continue my education and have some of the financial burden lifted.”

“We know that education is the key to the continued growth and success of our community,” said FSCJ alumnus and Red Coat Jim Marlier, who was instrumental in establishing the PLAYERS’ endowed scholarship with the FSCJ Foundation. “We feel that supporting FSCJ students with these scholarships will have an impact well into the future.”

The luncheons are hosted regularly by the Foundation to bring together scholarship donors and the recipients for an opportunity to meet one-on-one.

For more information about the FSCJ Foundation and scholarships visit www.floridastatecollegefoundation.org

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Nassau Students Win Scholarships

Nassau Students Win ScholarshipsNassau county, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, hosted the Nassau County site of the seventh annual College Goal Sunday on February 24th.

Sixty-four graduating high school seniors and their families attended. The state-wide program is designed to assist families in applying for Pell Grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The program is coordinated by the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA).

Ten Nassau County high school seniors won drawings for scholarships totaling $23,000.

From Yulee High School: Gunnar Cox won a $5000 scholarship from Jacksonville University; Tamara McLaughlin won a $1000 scholarship from FSCJ; and Kimberly Martinez and Joshua Smith each won a $1000 scholarship from the University of North Florida.
From Fernandina Beach High School: Cameron Snyder and Bailee Hollis each won a $5000 scholarship from Jacksonville University; Hannah Duke and Joshua Harbin each won a $1000 scholarship from the University of North Florida.
From Hilliard Senior High School: Sarah Miller won a $1000 scholarship from Florida State College at Jacksonville and Joshua Conner won a $2000 scholarship from Edward Waters College.

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20K in Scholarships at College Goal Sunday

20K in Scholarships at College Goal SundayThere is over $20,000.00 to be given out in scholarships at College Goal Sunday at FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center!

As a parent of a high school senior, I should not even be sharing this information with anyone because we NEED to win one of these scholarships being offered in a drawing.

The FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center will host College Goal Sunday on February 24, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The one-day event is designed to help high school seniors and families pay for college by providing free expert assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A completed FAFSA application is required by the U.S. Department of Education and higher education institutions nationwide to determine student eligibility for federal student aid such as the Pell grant, work-study aid, and loans. The FAFSA is also used to determine student eligibility for state, private, and institutional aid. College Goal Sunday Florida is coordinated by the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in partnership with the Florida Department of Education, USA Funds, and the Florida College Access Network.

Participants will be able to enter scholarship drawings totaling over $20,000.

The scholarships will range from $500 to $5000.

Participating schools include:

    University of North Florida
    Jacksonville University
    Edward Waters College
    Florida State College at Jacksonville

There is also a $500 College Goal Sunday scholarship that may be used at any Florida college. (That is the one that I hope my daughter wins!)

High school seniors who have completed the FAFSA are eligible to enter the drawing.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend even if they have not completed their 2012 tax return.

Parents and students should bring the following documents:

    Social Security number
    driver’s license or alien registration card
    2012 IRS 1040 or latest tax return and W-2 statements
    untaxed yearly income statement for 2012, such as Social Security benefits
    Temporary Assistance to Needy Students
    welfare
    non-educational veterans’ benefits

For more information on what students and parents should bring to College Goal Sunday, visit www.fasfaa.org/cgs.

The event is being held statewide. The local site is a collaboration of Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Edward Waters College, and the Nassau County School District.

Light refreshments will be served. Completing the FAFSA takes approximately one and a half hours. Please arrive by 2:30PM at the latest. More information on College Goal Sunday can be found at www.collegegoalsunday.fl.org.

The Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Boulevard in Yulee, Florida. Please call 548-4432 for directions to the Nassau Center or for additional information.

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Fernandina Pirates 2011 Winning Scholarship Essay

Fernandina Pirates 2011 Winning Scholarship EssayEach year the Fernandina Pirate’s Club, Inc., www.fernandinapirates.com, offer two scholarships to Nassau County seniors. One is for a college bound student, and the second is for a military bound student. While no one entered the military contest this year, the Pirates are proud to announce Alexandra “Alex” Mazur as the winner of the Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship Essay Contest.

Miss Mazur was presented with a check for $1,500.00, during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, to help with her expenses at the University of Florida in the fall.

Here is her winning essay:

Life on the Sea

Jonathan Banks lived his life on the sea as an admiral in the Royal Navy, hardly ever returning home to his family on land. His daughter Elizabeth, had only seen her father once while growing up but even with that one visit, she instinctively knew there was something unidentifiably peculiar about him. Unlike all the other English men, her father refused to wear a powdered wig, which not only displayed wealth and superiority but was also a wide-spread fashion phenomenon, claiming it restricted his personal freedom and individuality. He also dressed in quite an unusual manner, never shining his shoe buckles and wearing funny-looking breeches called “trousers”. Unfortunately, Elizabeth never had the opportunity to question her father on his reputable appearance or why he lived such a shadowy life.

1692, Piracy was at its peak controlling the warm waters of the Caribbean and at forefront of the various pirate factions were three ferocious pirate captains who made up the Pirate Council. The council held the pirates together, explaining to the assortment of individuals that wars and treasures are won with strength and strength comes with numbers. For this reason, piracy grew and often captives were given the choice of death or a life on the sea. Most individuals strongly believed that piracy was an act of the devil and chose death. However, when a young naval officer was presented with the choice after his ship was plundered and destroyed, he knew that he loved the sea and believed any life was better than none. It was a time when the English wanted to rid the seas of the pillaging buccaneers, however the council believed that the English navy would be no match for the thousands of violent pirates. In addition, the council recently learned of new pirate, Jon Bellamy, who served time as an English Naval Officer. They believed Jon would prove to be of good use in the protecting of the pirate empire and granted him a ship and named him a pirate captain.

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In the year 1709, seven years after her last encounter with her father, eighteen year old Elizabeth Banks took her first sea voyage traveling from her home in Devon, England to the promising New World. Her mother recently passed due to smallpox, leaving Elizabeth with nothing but a word that she said as she laid dying- Barbados. Elizabeth had only heard of the place but she knew she had to travel to the Caribbean in order to find her distant and furtive father. One day, three months into the sea passage, a sailor spotted a large eerie dark ship in the distance. Whispers of pirates filled the conversations of the passengers. However, Elizabeth thought the ship looked more like a shabby Naval vessel, old and worn out. The ship quickly advanced on the transport and Elizabeth was correct, a military vessel from the English Navy. Nevertheless, the crew were clearly not members of the Royal Navy.

On board they came one by one, with menacing grimaces. The few women were screaming, and the men were scrambling to fetch their daggers and pistols. Yet, what the passengers didn’t understand is that the pirates just wanted to take their valuables. Elizabeth stood in awe. She had always loved stories of pirates but never did she have the opportunity to see them. Then, in the middle of her amazement a broad, tall, dark-looking figure came aboard, clearly the captain. There was something familiar about him, something she understood. She heard his name being called by one of the excited crew members, “Captain, Captain Jon, Jon Bellamy… I found the loot!”

“No,” she thought, “It couldn’t be him.” But then, just as her denial reached its peak, he called her name questionably.

“Elizabeth?”

Elizabeth approached the fearsome man and realize that he was indeed her father and not to mention a pirate. The pirates, Captain Jon, and Elizabeth left the commuting ship. The passengers were shocked to see Elizabeth leave with the crew but also realized that life on the sea was where she belonged.

Aboard the ship, Jon and Elizabeth strengthened their innate bond telling their various stories on and off the sea. Elizabeth was accepted by the crew and given the sobriquet of Cutlass Bess. She followed in her father’s footsteps fighting to protect the pirate empire. She became one of the most cunning and daring pirates in all of the Caribbean as well as the first female on the Pirate Council.

Student Writing Skills Improving

Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship Winner 2010

Phil Amato (First Coast News), Kacey Guenther, Pirate Scarface (AKA Joe Palmer)

Each year the Fernandina Pirates Club sponsors an essay contest for graduating Nassau County high school seniors. Scholarship money is awarded for students that have been accepted to college or have joined the military.

The details and rules of the essay contest are sent to the high school counselors each January. The essays are judged and the winner is announced during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in May.

This year, there were a number of excellent entries. Some of the credit for this should go to our Nassau County teachers. The importance of grammar and spelling has declined due to email, chat, and text messaging, but these entries have proven that our teachers have imparted the necessary skills of writing to our seniors.

The winner of the $1500 scholarship for 2010 was Kacey Guenther of Fernandina Beach High School. Kacey will be attending the University of Miami. An Honorable Mention was given to Laci Little of Yulee High School.

Congratulations to all the contest entrants, graduating seniors, and to the teachers!

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Pirate Scholarship Winner (VID)

Pirate Scholarship Winner

Pirate Scholarship Winner

Each year the Fernandina Pirates Club gives a scholarship to a Nassau County senior. This year the kind hearted and fun loving pirates awarded a $1,500.00 scholarship to Kacey Guenther, a Fernandina Beach high school student who will be attending the University of Miami in the fall.

The recipients are judged on their submitted essays about Pirates, past, present or future. Areas that Pirates are unfamiliar with, such as the knowledge of the alphabet, originality and concept, sited references, grammer and the like are judged by a handful of the plundering pillagers and a winner is chosen.

This year, the best essays the club has ever received were submitted by the young students and two honorable mentions will be rewarded with exposure in a variety of publications.

Here is the video announcing the winners! For more information about the Fernandina Pirates Club visit their website.

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Christa Powell Walley Scholarship

Nassau County Scholarship

Nassau County Scholarship

The Christa Powell Walley Scholarship is available to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate college students who have ties to Nassau County, Florida. This useful and relevant information, especially in today’s economy, was found on the monthly newsletter for the Amelia Island Book Festival.

Named for the late Christa Powell Walley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell of Fernandina Beach, the scholarship is dedicated to encouraging writers in their pursuit of a literary career.

Eligibility requirements:
-Recipient must be a Nassau County high school senior, undergraduate or graduate college student who has ties to Nassau County, Florida.
-Must be in good academic standing in high school, college or university.
-Seeking a degree in the English, journalism, creative writing, communication or literature-related fields.
-A citizen of the United States.
-If a college student, you must show ties to Nassau County (for instance, having attended school here, having resided here prior to entering college, parents or grandparents living here, etc.).

The deadline for the 2010 Amelia Island Book Festival Scholarship is December 31, 2009.

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