Local students have an opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship from the Sanford Alcoholic Beverage Commission Board.

Sanford’s ABC Board is sponsoring an underage drinking prevention and education award for high school students who write a well-researched essay about the facts and dangers of alcohol use by minors and develop a plan of action for sharing their research with classmates and their school.

Eligible students must work with a supervising teacher at their school or Sunday school to incorporate their research project into the classroom environment. Some examples of incorporating the researched information into the classroom include but are not limited to creating class discussion topics related to the dangers of underage drinking, publishing the research paper in the school newspaper, creating a bulletin board or display in the school, incorporating underage drinking prevention tips or facts into school announcements, presenting the research paper to a class or assembly, developing a video that illustrates the researched information, and more.

Students must be in 12th grade and reside in Sanford or Lee County and must be under the supervision and direction of a teacher or Sunday school teacher. Essays and applications are due by April 25.

A total of 25 $2,500 scholarships will be awarded. The essays will be judged on comprehension, organization, creativity, writing, and peer-led education.

Sanford ABC Administrator Lee Dowd said that since 2006, the Sanford ABC Board has awarded 257 high school seniors a total of $448,000 in scholarship funds.

Click here for a printable application, or email sanabc@windstream.net for more information.