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34 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 - SCHOOL &. EDUCATION MBNA now offers scholarships to worthy Delaware students By Kerry Kester The arrival of the last semester of high school often prompts a flurry of seniors to scurry to their guidance offices and begin making plans for their futures. The Cape Henlopen High School guidance office is offering students and their parents informa- tion about financial assistance that will help those students whose futures will take them on college pathways. New on the scholarship front this year is the MBNA Delaware Scholars program, which offers students attending Delaware institutions as much as $7,500 to help ease their college financial burden. The Wilmington based company, he said, seeded the new program with $6 million. "I'm trying to get as many of my kids as possible to apply for it," said Ron Burrows, Ed.D, principal at Cape Henlopen High School. On a broad base, it's probably one of the best scholarships we have," he said. Other scholarships, he explained, offer many of the same advantages as the MBNA resource, but eligibility requirements may be more limited. The MBNA scholarship, which is renew- able for four years, is available to students who have financial need and are planning to attend accredited four-year colleges or uni- versities as full-time students in the fall of 1997. Financial awards range from a mini- mum of $500 to a maximum of $%500. Different from many scholarship pro- grams is that once MBNA makes an award, it assigns a sponsor/mentor to the scholar- ship recipient. The mentors offer assistance to students as they make academic and career choices, as well as offer advice pertaining to profes- sional goals. MBNA also offers the schol- arship recipients the option of interning with the company during the summers. "They're looking for well rounded stu- dents," said Burrows. 'q'hey want not only the academic performers but kids who are involved in the school and community as well." According to the scholarship application booklet, criteria the MBNA Delaware Scholars program uses for selecting the can- Rooanne Pack photo Sara Wilkinson, top right, is one of the sponsors of the new Milton Middle School Theater Arts Club that has attracted a wide membership from all grades. See accompanying story for club member's names. New Milton Middle club takes center stage By Rosanne Pack Students had to put their signa- ture to an agreement that they will exhibit good work ethic and effort and good behavior, and stay off of social and academic probation; but, when the play's the thing, they didn't hesitate to sign on the dotted line in Milton Middle School. ' The new Theater Arts Club has attracted more than 20 students who are more than willing to sign the agreement of cooperation to have a shot at performing and working behind the scenes of pro- ductions. Accompanying parents and guardians also put their names down for support and participa- tion. Meeting once a week, club members are well into plans for a spring Milton Middle School Arts Night. Organized by Sara Wilkinson, middle school vice principal, Cherry Barranco, teacher, and community members the Rev. Doug Lindsay, Terri Clifton, Mary Hughes and Cathy Barber, the the- ater club was quick to attract attention. To gauge interest, Wilkinson posted a notice in school and 90 students signed up. When an evening organization meeting was scheduled, a total of 75 parents and students showed up. The parents signed the Theater Arts Contract right along with their children, committing their support and agreeing to volunteer one night per month, if needed. "This has been just great," Wilkinson said. "From the begin- ning, the kids have been so enthu- siastic. We are already learning some songs, and working on some skits. "And, some of these kids are so good!" A career move.'? Several of the youngsters said that they want to pursue a career in show business. Bridget Colburn said that she already knows that she likes acting and wants to be an Continued on page 35 didates who will receive the monies include the following: "academic records, standard- ized test scores, the quality of essays and answers on their appli- cations, the interview evaluation, recommen- dations, demonstrated financial need and extracurricular activi- ties including work history or school/com- munity service." BURROWS Burrows said many Cape Henlopen High School students are in particularly good positions to meet the scholarship criteria. For example, he said, Cape's JROTC pro- gram and the Student Government Associa- tion are geared toward developing leader- ship skills, and both programs involve com- munity involvement. Although the MBNA scholarship is new- ly available to Delaware seniors, Burrows said many other scholarship, grant or other financial aid packages are available to stu- dents. The Cape guidance office, he said, offers students and their parents a list of financial aid programs and packages that includes due dates for the applications, etc. "We're encouraging parents to come in," said Bur- rows. "There are a number of scholarships that no one even applies for," he said. The guid- ance counselors, however, can direct stu- dents and their parents toward the variety of financial resources that are available. "I'd like to see parents and students make better use of our guidance services," said Burrows. Students, he said, can obtain scholarship information through asking the guidance secretary for an application, meet- ing with a counselor, or perusing the schol- arship file. Students needing assistance filling out applications are welcome to ask their coun- selors for help, said Burrows. Parents, too, may meet with counselors to discuss college planning. To contact the Cape Henlopen High School guidance office, call 645- 7898. Sussex Science Fair set at Del Tech The fifth annual Sussex County Science Fair will be held Friday, Feb. 28 in the Higher Education Building at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Cam- pus. The public is invited to attend the free fair on Saturday, March 1 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. where stu- dents in grades six through 12 will exhibit their projects. The awards ceremony will take place on Satur- day from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the campus theater in the West Building. Focusing on the impor- tance of science and technology in our daily lives, the fair enables students in Sussex County to com- pete in 15 categories ranging from physics to chemistry to botany in individual and team projects. During the day, students present the results of their research pro- jects which they carried out under the supervision of their science teachers. Interviews will be con- ducted and projects judged by a select group of educators, and sci- ence-oriented individuals. Winners of the Sussex County show are eligible to enter the Delaware Valley Regional Sci- ence Fair, and winners of that event may go on to the national competition. The event is co-spon- sored by Delaware Natural Resources & Environmental Con- trol, the Higher Education Part- ners and the Sussex County Coun- cil. Menu for the week of March 3-7 includes: Shields, Rehoboth, H.O. Brittingham and Sussex Consortium Monday, March 3 - Wafered steak on bun, Tony's pizza or sandwich choice; potato surprise, steamed broccoli, mixed fruit, juice, milk. Tuesday, March 4 - Chicken patty on bun, egg roll or sandwich choice; California blend veggie, applesauce, juice, milk. Wednesday, March 5 - Spaghetti with meat sauce or sandwich choice; salad with dressing, turnip greens, peas, orange half, juice, milk. Thursday, March 6 - Fish on bun, turkey or Italian sub or sandwich choice; green beans, stewed tomatoes, lettuce and tomato, diced peach- es, juice, milk. Friday, March 7 - Mozzarella cheese bread sticks with Italian sauce or Tony's pizza; mixed vegetables, diced pears, fruit juice, milk. Lewes Middle, Milton Middle Monday, March 3- Wafered steak on bun, Tony's pizza or sandwich choice; tomato and lettuce, sliced pineapple, fresh fruit, juice, milk. Tuesday, March 4 - Chicken patty on bun, hamburger or sand- which/sub choice; potato surprise, seasoned peas and carrots, fresh fruit, fruit juice; milk. Wednesday, March 5 - Spaghetti with meat sauce, sloppy joe on bun, or sandwich/sub choice;.salad with dressing, orange half, juice, milk. Thursday, March 6 - Chicken nuggets, mozzarella cheese sticks with Italian sauce or sandwich/sub choice; potato rounds, green beans, fresh fruit, fruit juice, milk. Friday, March 7 - Beef and cheese taco, Tony's pizza or sandwich/sub choice; corn, lettuce and tomato, fruit juice, milk.