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Scholarships & Contests

The Reston Lions Club annual James A. Bland Music Scholarship Competition, co-sponsored by the Reston Community Center, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. in the Reston Community Center Theater at the Hunter Woods Shopping Center. Savings bonds of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the first three places in the vocal and instrumental categories. Winners at the local level will compete at the regional level for the opportunity to go to the district and state levels for even larger scholarships.

Contact Lion Jack Gazlay, Bland Music Chair at 703-476-0383 or visit www.restonlions.org.

Armed Services YMCA is calling for entries for its annual art contest, sponsored by Geico, and essay contest, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The art contest asks children in grades K-6 to submit artwork that best illustrates “My Military Family.” The essay contest asks children in grades 1-12 to submit essays about “Why My Military Mom/Dad Is My Hero.” Children of active duty and retired service members from all branches of the military, as well as National Guard and Reserve, are eligible. All artwork must be postmarked by Feb. 16, 2007; essays must be submitted by March 16, 2007. Winners of the art contest will receive U.S. savings bonds worth $500; essay contest will receive $500 or $1,000 depending on grade level. Savings bonds will also be awarded to second place and honorable mention. Visit www.asymca.org for complete rules and entry forms. Call 703-313-9600, ext. 10 or e-mail tharper@asymca.org.

McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., willhonor high school seniors throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., area who have demonstrated leadership, character, exceptional scholastic skills and volunteerism through the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program.

At least 45 student honorees will each receive a $1,500 scholarship and will be recognized at an event in May. Recipients are chosen based on an application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or community service leader. Students also submit two short essays detailing lessons they have learned through community service and the importance of education in relation to cultural diversity.

Call 703-741-7525 or visit www.McDonaldsEducates.com for an application and additional details. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1.