Dollars for Scholars deadline nears

Local high school seniors are encouraged to check out available scholarships from the Hollis/Brookline chapter of Dollars for Scholars.

Scholarships are available for students graduating from Hollis Brookline High School this year who plan to continue their path to higher education.

Currently, there are two types of scholarships available.

The first is the general Hollis Brookline Dollars for Scholars scholarships, awarded to Hollis and Brookline students graduating from Hollis Brookline High School who exhibit excellence in a variety of ways. Applicants should have excellent academic credentials, leadership in extracurricular activities, community service/involvement and an interest in learning.

Second, the William E. and Lorraine W. Dubbens Scholarship is for seniors from Brookline who are going on to higher education. This scholarship is suited for those who may not excel in academics, but who demonstrate a strong motivation to achieve their potential.

This scholarship was started in 1999 by Bill and Raine Dubbens, who were very involved with young people and started the scholarship fund to help students who are working through adversity to achieve their potential. Bill and Raine Dubbins firmly believed that "you get back what you give out." Students who may have struggled in high school but who are motivated to pursue their passions in college are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Funding for the Dubbens Scholarship is provided by the William E. and Lorraine W. Dubben Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Both of these scholarships are awarded by the Hollis Brookline Dollars for Scholars chapter, a community-based, volunteer-run organization. The group aims to help students achieve their educational goals by raising scholarship funds, establishing endowments, providing assistance with college readiness and distributing scholarships each year.

In spring 2015, the group awarded seven scholarships totaling $12,200 to HBHS seniors Amanda Kabel, Emily Cook, Logan Pucci, Elizabeth Davis, Lucy Nedelman, Mariah Passamonte and Quinn Pendleton.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online.

The group encourages all high school seniors to find out about these scholarships and others at www.hollisbrookline.dollarsfor Students can also ask a school guidance counselor.

The deadline for both applications is Tuesday, April 5.

For more information, call Dollars For Scholars President Kathy Grossman at 465-2394.