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Tinsley Journalism Scholarship Applications Now Are Available


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. The Transylvania County Schools Educa-tional Foundation is seeking applicants for its Jim Bob and Dottie Tinsley Journalism Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded for the 2012 – 2013 school year. Applicants must be graduates of the Transylvania County school system; be a junior or senior in an accredited university or college; and have declared a major in the field of journalism/communications.

For the school year 2011/2012, there were two $500 scholarships awarded to students from Transyl-vania County.

The scholarship was established with a gift to the Educational Founda-tion by Dottie Tinsley in memory of her late husband, Jim Bob Tinsley, who passed away in 2004.

Jim Bob Tinsley was born in Brevard, North Carolina in 1921, and was educated in Transylvania County Schools, The University of Florida, and Arizona State College at Flagstaff. He served four years as an aerial photographer with the U.S. Navy in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II.

Jim Bob authored the only definitive book on the Sailfish and the hemispheric study of the Puma. However, he remained focused on two favorite subjects, Transylvania County waterfalls and cowboy-Western music.

For all his adult life Jim Bob photographed waterfalls of Transylvania County, researched their history and collected anecdotal materials. During the same time period he collected, performed and preserved Western music and memorabilia. He received many awards and honors for his lifetime work.

For further information about the scholarship, contact Jessica Merrill at the Transylvania County School System offices, 884-6173. The deadline for receiving applications is July 15, 2012.