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The Nevada County Charter of the Association of California School Administrators is now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded to students for the 2005-06 school year.

ACSA is currently working with the Nevada Joint Union High School District to review candidates who apply as high school graduates and who are pursuing a college degree in the field of education.

The application process is available to all seniors in the Nevada Joint Union High School District through the scholarship offices.

In addition, the Nevada County chapter of ACSA is seeking letters of application from those high school seniors whose parents are active members of ACSA at the state and charter levels.

A scholarship in the amount of $300 to $500 will be awarded to eligible selected students.

Those meeting the criteria are encouraged to contact Linda Kramer, scholarship chairperson at the Pleasant Ridge Union School District, or call her at 268-2800 or (916) 624-6478. The scholarships are expected to be awarded in June 2005 at Bear River and Nevada Union’s annual scholarship banquets.


The Nevada County Library’s literacy program has welcomed two new AmeriCorps’ volunteers to work at the main branch in Nevada City and in Truckee.

The Nevada County Library was one of only 18 California public libraries selected to participate in a new statewide AmeriCorps program, the California Library Literacy Services AmeriCorps initiative.

AmeriCorps volunteer Teri Alton is assigned to the west county libraries, and Lua Ameden is assigned to the Truckee library.


The Nevada County branch of the American Association of University Women is now accepting applications for its 2005-06 scholarships, as well. The local branch is planning to give away as much as $200,000, to be split between awards given to graduating Nevada Union and Bear River graduates.

Students who are planning to graduate from Sierra College in spring 2005 with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their four-year degree are also eligible to participate in this program.

Re-entry scholarships are also available for those women residing in Nevada County whose education has been interrupted and wish to pursue post-high school education.

For more information, contact Linda Kramer at 268-2800.


Ready Springs School recently spent part of $160,000 from the sale of sewer hookups to finance a new computer lab at the school.

The new lab is furnished with brand-new Apple iMac G5 computers, replacing computers that were from eight to 17 years old.

The lab reopened for students on Jan. 24. New work stations were included in the purchase of the new desktops. The computers were purchased at a cost of $44,000.

In addition, Ready Springs will be honoring five longtime assistants who have worked at the computer lab since its inception in 1986.


Enrollment for youth and adults across Nevada County continues for those interested in 4-H programs. 4-H programs include children from age 5 to 19 in a variety of projects, including livestock, arts and crafts. In addition, 4-H provides after-school child care programs and enrichment activities.

To learn how to become involved, contact the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Grass Valley at 273-4563.


Got local education news? Contact David Mirhadi at 477-4229 or davidm@theunion.com.

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