High school juniors in Crawford County interested in leadership opportunities have opportunities for college scholarships.

The Destiny Group and the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce will present two high school juniors w ho are currently enrolled in a Crawford County area high school the 2014 Next Generation Leadercast Van Buren Leadership Scholarship.

The scholarship applications are available at all Crawford County High Schools through the counselor’s offices.

Recipients for the 2013 scholarship are Shane Siler of Alma High School and Taylor Rackley of Van Buren High School. Both students participated in the Next Generation Leadercast Van Buren Leadership Scholarship program in 2013 and are receiving $500 each as they begin their college careers in the fall of 2014.

"These two well deserving students demonstrated their committed work ethic and leadership skills while participating in the 2013 program," said Debbie Foliart of The Destiny Group. "They both have bright futures in front of them."

The $500 scholarship, to be used for books, tuition and required fees, is designed for rising young leaders to have an opportunity to be immersed in the messages of some of America’s top leaders at the Leadercast Van Buren 2014 while also networking with some of the most influential and successful leaders in our communities, Foliart said.

Leadercast Van Buren is part of the international Leadercast, a day-long event that brings incredible speakers together to teach and share the most effective and highly engaging leadership content to communities everywhere.

Jackie Krutsch of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce said annual event is in its fourth year in Van Buren and is a premier day in providing leadership value.

"It will impact those who are responsible for bringing it to our area, those in attendance as established leaders and those emerging within our community for future generations," Krutsch said.

Applicants can learn more about Leadercast 2014 by visiting www.LeadercastVB.webs.com. Scholarship deadline is April 2 and applications should be returned to the school counselors’ offices.

Foliart said applicants should read over the scholarship information carefully to assure that they understand the opportunity and responsibility of participating in the Leadercast 2014 event. Ten applicants will be selected from the original applications. These 10 will participate at the event and then submit an essay about their experience as the final step of the application process. "

This means that all scholarship finalists must attend the volunteer training on Thursday, May 8 and will be participating as volunteers at the Leadercast 2014 event on Friday, May 9," Foliart said.