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Franklin Rotary Club recognized the 2015 Roy Rickman Scholarship recipients at a recent meeting. Recipients are, from left, Kacie England, Olivia Coulter, Garrett Higdon, Lexi Kloeppel and Ashley Hull.

The Roy Rickman Scholarship is awarded to five graduating seniors from Macon County High School to help with college expenses. Based on need and accomplishment, four receive a one time $1,000 scholarship and the fifth student receives a $3,000 scholarship that can be renewed on a yearly basis.

Ashley Hull received the $3,000 award. Not pictured is Kara Joy Seaman who was awarded the Bob and Helen Carpenter Nursing Scholarship of $1,000.

Franklin Rotary Club President Susie Ledford presents Pam Collins, New Century Scholar coordinator with Macon County Schools, a check for $500 for the New Century Scholar (NCS) program.

The New Century Scholar program starts in the 7th grade and provides support and incentive for these young people to continue their education. Students participating in the program are chosen by a committee of teachers and administrators.

The program provides tuition support, up to five semesters, at Southwestern Community College. This program promotes academic excellence and increases college attendance rates in Western North Carolina.

Funding comes solely through local community support. Rotary is a worldwide network of 34,000 clubs comprised of inspired individuals who translate their passions into social and educational causes that changes lives and improve communities.

School’s out and it is time for 4-H summer activities. Macon County 4-H is now registering youth 5-18 for 4-H Summer Relief. A wide array of fun summer classes are being offered from hiking to Cupcake Wars, building stomp rockets, crafts and exploring Macon County.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, with six million members across the United States. Here in Macon County, 4-H has 12 clubs that meet on a monthly basis.

Interest areas span from archery and shooting sports to chess, crafts and livestock. This month 4-H has started three new youth clubs: a Junior Gardeners Club, a Youth Poultry Club and a Scrapbooking Club. All clubs are for 5- to 18-year-olds and meet once per month.

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Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 31, 2015, to apply for county funds through the Macon County Community Funding Pool (CFP). Application forms and instructions are available on the Macon County website, www.maconnc.org, or may be picked up at the Macon County Public Library on Siler Farm Road in Franklin, the Hudson Library on Main Street in Highlands, and the Nantahala Public Library on Nantahala School Road.

Organizations applying for CFP funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program/service descriptions.

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