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The Sedona Group believes that supporting young adults in their education and training after high school is a key part of keeping our workforce and community competitive.

That is why they have partnered with WQAD News 8 to recognize outstanding high school seniors through our S.O.A.R. Scholarship program.

We are looking for seniors that best exemplify the S.O.A.R. characteristics.

S - Strength of character
O - Optimism – predictions for future success and where will you be making a difference
A Achievement in academics and volunteerism
RResolve shown when faced with an adversarial situation

Three high school seniors will be selected to each receive a $5000 scholarship to be used towards further education and training.

Applicants must fill out the below application. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. CT on April 15, 2021.  Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2021 and received by no later than 5 p.m. CT on April 19, 2021.

A panel of judges will select our three winners.  Three winners will be contacted and featured in a story to air on WQAD News 8 sometime in May or June 2021.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • CURRENT high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in WQAD viewing area.
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma in spring 2021
  • Planning to pursue further education and/or training after high school.
Complete list of contest rules, can be found at http://wqad.com/category/contest-rules/
For more information, contact Victoria Keninger at WQAD, (309) 736-3224 or victoria.keninger@wqad.com.

If you would like to submit your application by hand, you can download a Word Document here and send it to victoria.keninger@wqad.com.

You will receive an email confirmation after successfully submitting your SOAR application. If you do not receive a confirmation, your application was not successfully submitted.




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*By entering this scholarship contest, I am willing to receive additional communication from the scholarship sponsor, The Sedona Group.  I can opt out of communication from them at any time by emailing. 
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*Must be 16 or old to enter. If Under 18, I acknowledge I have received permission from a parent or guardian to enter this contest.
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Please answer the following essay questions. 


*Strength of Character

Describe how you have been a leader and shown strength of character at school and/or in the community.



*Optimism – predictions for future success, where will you be making a difference

What do you think the future holds for you both in your upcoming post high school education and the future beyond it?




*Achievement in academics and voluntarism

Tell us about your achievements both in and out of the classroom (academic, athletic, awards, volunteer work, etc.) Please do not include a list.       




*Resolve shown when faced with an adversarial situation.

Tell us about a time when you showed resolve when faced with an adversarial situation.




*How did you hear about us?




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