Diversity important in a
By Cheyenne Erichsen
Diversity is important to have a great community. I think the best communities have diversity in ages of residents, variety of services offered, variety of housing and more. Communities that have services in retail, health care, entertainment, groceries and dining are more pleasurable to be in than communities that only have one or two services out of the above listed. Jewell County offers many of those I mentioned.
In the 2012 U.S. Census, almost 19 percent of the Jewell County population is younger that 18 and almost 28 percent are older than 65. That means approximately 53 percent of our population falls into the middle category in age. Often we hear we need more young people for our school district or we need more young families in our communities. While I think we do need more people in these categories, people who do not fall into this classification can be just as valuable.
So, no matter what your age, what have you done today to encourage more people of all ages to live in our county? Some ideas might be to:
· Tell your son, daughter or grandchildren that you would like to have them move back to the county and offer to help them get established.
· Greet your new neighbor that moved in a couple of houses down and make them feel welcome in the community.
· Look at a retirement transition for your business and actively recruit a younger community-minded individual or family member to take it over.
· Volunteer for something you are passionate about in the community that will make quality of life better. Maybe it is a church program, local food benefit or even helping out your neighbor with yard work.
· Smile, say hello and have a conversation with someone at the grocery store or the youth who rides his or her bike by your house.
As I touched on above, diversity in the community usually makes a place more livable. Our county has a great variety of businesses. Is there something that you can do to support and promote these businesses to keep them strong? Absolutely. Here are some ideas:
· Buy your next TV or piece of furniture in Jewell County instead of traveling to the big box stores.
· Visit stores in Jewell County first to see if they have that birthday or wedding gift you are searching for.
· Buy gift cards for Christmas at the local gas station, a hair appointment at your local stylist, a movie at the Ute Theater or a meal at your favorite restaurant. Get creative with what you can do.
· Buy your groceries every week at your local grocery store.
Do me a favor and think about what your reaction would be if you heard your favorite local store is closing down. Chances are you would be pretty upset. And without that store there just think of the inconvenience of not having it here locally would cause you and others. Our local businesses are the heart of our county. They are here to support us and it's important we do the same.
Variety, diversity, whatever you call it. Think about what you can do to promote diversity in Jewell County this month. We can all make a difference. Remember, Shop locally.
If you have questions or need business assistance, Jewell County Community Development is here to serve you. Contact Cheyenne Erichsen at email@example.com for assistance. Be sure and join the Facebook initiative by searching Jewell County Community Development.
announces scholarship increases
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation announces a significant increase in the scholarship stipends for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The foundation will make 280 scholarships available in five categories to students in 26 northwest Kansas counties for the new academic year. Students from an accredited high school, registered independent, private or home school in any of the following 26 counties are eligible to apply: Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wallace.
Students who will graduate in the current academic year are invited to apply for the Ten Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships with annual stipends increasing from $6,500 to $10,000, renewable for three additional years if criteria are met. Recipients must attend an accredited four-year public, private or church related Kansas college or university.
A total of 50 Hansen Scholar scholarships with stipends increasing from $4,000 to $6,500, renewable for one additional year, providing the recipients have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA at the college level. Recipients must attend an accredited four-year public, private or church related Kansas college or university.
A total of 100 Hansen Student scholarships stipends increasing from $3,000 to $4,000, renewable for one additional year, providing the recipients have achieved at least a 3.00 GPA.
To qualify, students must have taken the ACT test and have a composite score of 21 or higher and have at least a 3.50 GPA (unweighted). The student should be an active participant in extracurricular school and community activities, display good citizenship, leadership and moral integrity.
Students planning to enter the competition for Leaders of Tomorrow, Hansen Scholar or Hansen Student scholarships must register at their school and take the qualifying test at locations to be announced. Information on all scholarships has been sent to qualifying area schools. Tentative test dates have been set for Sept. 10 and 11.
One-hundred Hansen Career and Technical Education scholarships with stipends increasing from $2,000 (non-renewable) to $4,000 renewable for one additional year, providing the recipients have achieved at least a 3.00 GPA. Career and Technical Education Scholarships are available to encourage high school seniors who seek competence through career training. An applicant for the Career and Technical Education Scholarship must complete an application form that is available from the high school counselor or it can be downloaded from our website at www.danehansenfoundation.org. The scholarship committee is interested in the student's character, activities and goals. Applicants for the Hansen Career and Technical Education Scholarship are not required to take a qualifying test. A 3.50 GPA is not necessary to apply for this scholarship. Recipients may enroll in any career and technical education program, in any Kansas school, as long as it is not leading to a four year degree.
In addition to the scholarships offered to high school seniors, the foundation will also award 20 Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarships with stipends increasing from $3,000 to $4,000. These scholarships are available for Kansas community or technical college students. Community college students must have completed a minimum of 32 hours of college credit by the spring of 2015 and technical college students must have completed an associate of applied science degree before transferring to an accredited four-year public, private or church related Kansas college or university. Each Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarship may be renewed for one year upon completion of satisfactory work as evaluated by the scholarship committee. Students may obtain application forms at the office of the dean of student services at the community college or technical college student services, or downloaded at www.danehansenfoundation.org.
Through scholarships, the trustees of the foundation encourage good citizenship and high achievement in academic endeavors. Improvement of educational opportunities for students in western Kansas ranks high among the objectives of the trustees of the foundation.
The Hansen Foundation is in its 40th year of service to the young people of northwest Kansas through the insight and generosity of the late Dane G. Hansen of Logan. The book, Dane Gray Hansen: Titan of Northwest Kansas by Billy M. Jones (1962) describes Dane G. Hansen and his contributions to northwest Kansas.
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