The Northampton Township Republican Committee has created a new $500 scholarship for a local graduating senior.
The committee's Excellence in Government & Citizenship Scholarship Program will make its first award to a Northampton Township resident at the end of this school year.
According to David Breidinger, chairman of the local Republican committee, the award is based on an essay competition and is open to any high school senior who resides in the township.
To be eligible, the student must be on track to graduate from high school during the current academic year and have plans to attend an education program at an accredited college or training facility.
Applicants must submit an original 500-word essay addressing a specific government, civics, political or other issue as outlined in the application.
This year’s topic is: “Is the United States of America a Democracy or a Republic?"
Applications and essays are due by March 26.