HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne high school juniors and seniors looking to go on to higher education have an opportunity to apply for the Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition, the borough of Hawthorne said.

The scholarship is held by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and is named in honor of Hawthorne's longest-serving mayor, Louis Bay II, who served as a League board member and past president for six decades.

Established to "advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general," the three scholarship winners will get $1,000 each and appear in the New Jersey Municipalities Magazine.

The essay's theme this year is "How has local government played a role in your life regarding the ongoing pandemic?"

The borough said, "On the local level, one semi-finalist will be selected by a designated committee.  All state semi-finalists will then be judged by the Scholarship Committee of the NJSLOM."  Statewide, fifteen finalists will be chosen and three will be winners.

Applications as well as instructions can be found at the borough website www.hawthornenj.org or at www.njslom.org or through Hawthorne High School.