Youth Briefs Jan. 2, 2013

-- Six students at Parkland College have received scholarships for reading a number of assigned books as part of the Townsend Press Reading Contest.

The following students received $100 for each 10 books they read this semester: Ulysses Floyd, Chicago, 10 books; Alexis McGhee, Champaign, 20 books; Beverly Robison, Rantoul, 10 books; Zachary Rusgrove, Champaign, 30 books; Shequira Smith, Champaign, 10 books; and Maria Velazquez, Champaign and Rock Falls, 10 books.

Parkland's Center for Academic Success offers the reading contest in conjunction with Townsend Press. The West Berlin, N.J., publishing company seeks to promote reading by sponsoring scholarship contests, publishing a library of compelling $1 paperbacks, distributing reading motivation posters, and donating books to schools and community organizations.

Parkland College is a fully accredited public community college serving the needs of District 505, Illinois' third-largest community college district. Offering more than 100 degree and certificate options for career placement or academic transfer, Parkland has provided vocational/technical skills training and traditional academic instruction to more than 250,000 people since 1967.

-- Mediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarships for high school seniors who are continuing their educations.

The scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Recipients will be selected from applicants living in areas where Mediacom delivers broadband and cable services, which include nearly 350 communities throughout Illinois. Recipients may use the awards to support educational expenses they will incur in the fall of 2013 as they pursue higher education or vocational training from any accredited post-secondary institution.

High schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent application materials and applications are due on or before Feb. 15. Information and the brief application can also be found online at http://www.mediacomworldclass.com.

"As a company, Mediacom makes it a priority to give back to communities in which we do business, and one of the best ways is to invest in promising students who are our future leaders," said Mediacom regional vice president Todd Curtis. Applicants do not have to be Mediacom customers but must live in areas where Mediacom provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services.

Curtis suggested that the Christmas break in school calendars provides students with extra time to research scholarship options offered by local businesses and civic groups. He encourages students to contact high school counselors for Mediacom World Class Scholarship applications, or download the application online. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Feb. 15, 2013. All scholarship applications must include a brief essay on leadership and the student's school transcript.

Downloadable applications and a listing of past scholarship recipients can be found online at: http://www.mediacomworldclass.com. Applications also are available at Mediacom customer service offices. Inquiries may be sent to: scholarship@mediacomcc.com.

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