Valley Realtor Offers $5,000 Scholarship

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Carl Chapman is offering $5,000 worth of scholarship money for the 2006 - 2007 fall academic calendar. This scholarship money is available for students currently attending or planning to attend a public Arizona college or university.

The "Arizona Is My Home" Scholarship was developed by Carl Chapman to promote the history and traditions of hometowns throughout Arizona and to further the education of Arizonans.

"I grew up in Parker, Ariz., a small town along the Colorado River," Chapman said. "Some 30 years later, I continue to consider Parker home. I believe that I owe my career to my hometown."

My ability to go to college was the result of a small, but generous, scholarship from the local Elk's Lodge. Using their funds, I was able to pay my tuition for my first year at Arizona Western College. Now I would like to help two students with their undergraduate or graduate ambitions.

The "Arizona Is My Home" Scholarship provides $2,500 for tuition, books, and required materials. Two scholarship winners will be selected based on a blind review of their essay promoting Arizona.

To be eligible, students must attend a public Arizona State college or university during the 2006 school year. Employees and family members of Carl Chapman are not eligible to participate.

Interested students will write an essay. All eligible essays will have the same title, "Arizona Is My Home." Arizona residents will write about the town that they live in, and out-of-state students will select an Arizona town that they wish were their hometown. Essays will promote and include reasons why the chosen town will always be home.

Each essay submitted should have a word count of no more than 1,200 words. Essays will be judged based on the following key elements: treatment of the assigned writing prompt and plan of organization, mechanics, grammar, and clear and effective language.

To apply for, or for detailed information about, the "Arizona Is My Home" Scholarship, visit www.Arizonan.com. Entries must be received by Carl Chapman no later than Sept. 15, 2006.

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