The deadline for the Upper Arlington Civic Association’s annual scholarship program, is April 1.

CORRECTION: A Feb. 26 story in the ThisWeek Upper Arlington News and an earlier online version of this story incorrectly listed the deadline for applications for the Upper Arlington Civic Association Junior Directors Program Scholarship. The correct deadline for applications for the scholarship is April 1.

The deadline for the Upper Arlington Civic Association’s annual scholarship program, is April 1.

Now in its 20th year, the UACA Junior Director Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships annually to 10 high school juniors who live Upper Arlington.

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According to Greg Cvetanovich, a UACA board director, applications will be considered based on students’ service to their schools and community, leadership and communication skills.

In addition to completing an application online, those who hope to be considered must obtain two letters of recommendation from school teachers, guidance counselors, coaches or administrators, church or community leaders or employers.

“The UACA Junior Director Scholarship Program is designed to recognize outstanding high school student leaders who reside in Upper Arlington,” Cventanovich said. “It gives students the chance to play critical roles, along with the rest of the UACA, in planning and executing our community events throughout the year.

“This program allows the UACA to give back to the community by providing these students with scholarships to help with college expenses.”

In addition to the financial scholarship, winners will volunteer with the UACA at events throughout the year.

“Each student is assigned one or two of the UACA events during the year where they will assume a leadership role along with the UACA directors in planning for and carrying out the event,” Cventanovic said. “The program gives teens who are dedicated to the community an opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience in serving the community.”

Applicants will be interviewed by UACA directors, who also will review applications and make the final selections. Scholarship winners will be announced in mid-April.

“Every year, we are faced with very hard choices,” Cventanovich said. “Our (program) normally draws about 80 applicants.

“We focus on their passion to serve and to give back to the community, as well as, their abilities for teamwork, reliability, problem-solving and communication to select the final candidates.”

One of the UACA’s 2018 “JDs,” as junior directors are known, is Emerson Gifford, a senior at Metro Early College High School who has been taking classes full-time at Ohio State University for the past two years.

Gifford said he was introduced to the JD program by his mother, who was a past UACA director, and he was further motivated by how much he enjoyed taking part in UACA events when he was young.

“I knew I had to apply, just to see if I could recreate that fun for other people,” he said.

Through the JD program, Gifford said, he’s learned “how to be a fun host for kids,” and he’s overcome challenges he had entertaining and engaging with children.

He said he’s also learned more about Upper Arlington’s city government and how hard residents work to host events such as the Golden Bear Scare and the UACA July Fourth Parade.

“I used to assume that all events hosted in UA were being paid for by tax dollars and city workers, but I’ve realized how false that really is,” he said. “The UACA is made up of good-hearted volunteers who raise money and put on every event on their own time. No tax dollars needed.

“I have seen quite a few people, including myself, grow their communication and time management skills heavily through the last few months. We are expected to communicate, be on time, and work hard whenever we are needed, and although some of us were rough at the start, this program helped everyone learn how to do it right.”