The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club presented three scholarships in May, awarding a total of $1,000 to students to support their education.

Gabriel Harman, son of club members Ben and Bonnie Harman of Ste. Genevieve, received the club’s $500 scholarship.

Applicants for the club scholarship completed an application that included a short essay based on the question “Do U.S. citizens have a responsibility to vote and why do/don’t they?” Applicants were also required to have a club member as a sponsor, but could be enrolled at a high school, college or university or participate in other post-high school training. A random draw of completed scholarship applications took place at the club’s May meeting.

Harman attends Southeast Missouri State University, where he will be a senior in the fall. He is majoring in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations. He will be spending a semester in France, studying French language, history and culture.

After receiving a check from club president David Bova, Harman said, “I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship. Receiving this award means that I have a better chance to enrich my world view and that I will be able to gain invaluable experiences that I will, undoubtedly, bring back to the U.S. to enhance my future career plans.“

The club sponsored two other scholarships this year as well, giving $250 each to Ste. Genevieve High School and Valle High School to award to a member of the senior classes at the schools. Zachary Grein was the winner from Valle and Jessica Martin from Ste. Genevieve.

Grein is the son of Kevin and Melissa Grein and plans to attend Ranken Tech in St. Louis in the fall.  He will study industrial technology.

Martin is the daughter of Patricia Martin and plans to attend Jefferson College in the fall to study microbiology.

The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club promotes, publicizes and supports the Democratic Party at the local, state and national levels. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, usually at the Steelworkers Union Hall. Everyone is welcome at monthly meetings and questions can be directed to the club officers at stegendemclub@gmail.com.

(Information from the Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club.)