The Herbert Hoover Library Association in West Branch has a unique college scholarship available for Iowa high school students. Association President Patricia Hand says the scholarship for high school juniors is not based on academics or financial need, it requires students to propose a special project. Hand says a speech about being “uncommon” given by Hoover at a commencement address in Ohio in 1948 was the inspiration for the scholarships.Hand says the “Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Awards” spur the students to think of projects that will make a difference in the world. As an example, one past winner’s project focused on harnessing hydrogen for fuel.Hand says 15 finalists will win an expense-paid weekend at West Branch during the summer between their junior and senior year. Three of the finalists will receive a five thousand-dollar scholarship and the rest will receive 750 dollars. Hand says students can find information on the scholarships from their guidance counselors, or contact the association.You can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hand says the deadline for applying is March 30th.
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