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The month of May brings us lots of good things to celebrate—sunshine, flowers, milder temperatures, the end of the school year and Mother’s Day. It’s also the month we here at Wayne Township begin reviewing the applications we receive for our two scholarships: Recognizing Achievement Scholarship and Academic Encouragement Award. The first one, the RAS, is a $500 scholarship awarded to 12th grade students living in Wayne Township who will be continuing their education in academics or a technical field at any college or technical school this fall.

This is the second year we will be awarding the Academic Encouragement Award, for the younger students—those in the 11th grade and younger—who can show us, in their applications, how they have worked to improve their performance in school. Each winner of the Academic Encouragement Award will receive an internet-ready tablet.

This year we have extended the deadline for submission of applications to noon on Friday, June 1, 2018. We are doing this to give extra time to busy students who are wrapping up their school year. Both of these scholarships are intended to encourage all students to keep trying to improve in their studies.

If you live in Wayne Township and are a senior in high school or younger, you may be eligible to win one of these scholarships. For further information and to get an application, visit our website: www.waynetownship.org, call our office: (260) 449-7000 extension 363, or send us an email at srunge@waynetownship.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Mothers’ Day is coming soon; and, without a doubt, our mothers are our unsung heroines. They love us unconditionally and make sure their children are cared for before all else. I see this every day in the families who come to the Township for help. These mothers are passionate about caring for their children. They want their kids to get all the opportunities possible to improve their lives.

I am very blessed to have had three mothers in my life. Those include my Mother, my Grandmother and my Aunt, all deceased now. I owe so much to these great women, and I will never be able to repay them other than to put into practice those life skills they imparted to me. My own mother passed away when I was only 17 years old. Yet, in my short time with her, she influenced me in so many positive ways. I am still thankful to her and honor her in my thoughts every Mother’s Day.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all mothers and mother figures a very happy Mother’s Day, and I want to thank all these unsung heroines for the contributions they make every day to better our lives and our community.

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Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson was elected Trustee in November of 2006 and took office in January of 2007. He is very passionate about helping those in need and considers it a privilege to be in a position to be able to help. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer