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Rockdale Coaltion for Children and Families

The Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families is accepting applications for the John K. Morgan Community Service Scholarship which recognizes outstanding community service in Rockdale County.

This college scholarship, in its second year, will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding community service in Rockdale County and plans to continue that level of commitment while pursuing a post-secondary education.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

• Must be a Rockdale County resident.

• Demonstrated outstanding community service in Rockdale County as a volunteer

• Anticipating completion of a high school diploma or GED at the time of application;

• Plans to pursue post secondary education

• Must be eligible for post secondary enrollment in degree or certificate program at an accredited institution.

Applicants can submit their applications and essays between October 2011 and January 31, 2012. Final applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded to assist with tuition only.

For more information and a complete list of requirements or to download a 2012 scholarship application, visit


Optimist Club Essay Contest


The Newton-Rockdale Optimist Club is looking for a few young people with a positive outlook who would like a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship in an essay contest.

The 2012 essay contest topic is "How My Positive Outlook Benefits My Community." Contestants must not have yet graduated from high school or its equivalent and be up to 18 years old as of Dec. 31. The 700-800 word essay is due by Jan. 31, 2012. The winner of the local contest will go on to compete in the Georgia district contest for a $2,500 scholarship prize.

To enter, contact The Newton-Rockdale Optimist Club to obtain an application and Essay Contest rules at

The essay contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1000.

Optimist International is the world’s fourth largest civic service organization, with 100,000 members world-wide. The Newton-Rockdale Optimist Club is a recently chartered chapter in the Covington-Conyers area for helping youth. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Amici’s in downtown Covington.