Each year, South Coast Water District awards $500 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who live within their service area. The deadline to submit applications this year is Thursday, May 1. Since the program began in 2001, the district has awarded 54 college scholarships to graduating seniors at eight area high schools.

Applicants must demonstrate their involvement in community service, public service, volunteer work and/or environmental activities. They must also write a 500-word essay on water conservation or water care. Winners’ essays will be posted on the district’s website.

Applications can be printed from the website or completed online at www.scwd.org/community/scholarships.asp.Four of last year’s 11 scholarship recipients were from San Clemente High School.

To verify the district’s service area for eligibility purposes, contact at 949.499.4555 ext. 3153.

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