GENOA – Twenty-six Genoa-Kingston High School seniors have thrown their hats into the ring, seeking votes to capture the $1,000 scholarship offered by Genoa Main Street Inc. The scholarship is funded through donations from 17 Genoa businesses.
The scholarship program is designed to encourage local residents to shop and conduct business in Genoa while assisting graduating seniors with the cost of higher education. The scholarship is named in memory of Main Street volunteer Char Miller. This is the seventh year it has been offered.
The winner of the scholarship is chosen by popular vote. Votes can be cast at any one of 15 local polling places. Shoppers vote by making purchases at participating businesses; in general, each dollar spent equals one vote.
Posters with the applicants’ names, photos and other information are posted at participating businesses.
The polls are now open, and will close at noon May 15. The scholarship winner will be announced at Genoa-Kingston High School graduation ceremonies that evening. Shoppers can vote for the candidate they would like to see receive the scholarship each time they make a purchase at a participating business. There is a maximum of 200 votes per transaction.
Individuals and families who donate to Genoa Main Street Inc. will receive five votes for each dollar donated. In addition, every two hours of volunteer time donated to Genoa Main Street activities will count as 100 votes. The time may be donated by the applicant or anyone else in their name. The volunteer activity must occur before the end of the voting period.
For more information, visit the Genoa Main Street Inc. office at 327 W. Main St., call 815-784-6961, or visit www.genoamainstreet.com.