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Scholarships – Part Three

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There are a number of search engines that list college and university scholarship opportunities. In the last edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, information was detailed on the scholarship search engine provided by Sallie Mae. A second major scholarship search engine is at Scholarships.com. According to the firm, "Scholarships.com has helped students find money for college and learn about the entire financial aid process. We are among the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the internet and have been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide, among others. We've built solid relationships with colleges and universities across the country and want to provide students with the opportunity to not only find free money for college and interact with prospective colleges but to be recruited as well."

If you choose, you can register for this site by clicking here.

As an alternative, you can view scholarship opportunities without registration by searching the directory of scholarships. To do so, click here.

This directory is divided into a number of categories, including:

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2020 Census Part Two

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2020 Census
Part Two

grant county municipalities usgs 2021 65This map shows the location of a number of communities in Grant County. The four incorporated communities are circled in red. (The image was provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey, 2021.)

In an earlier edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, information from the 2020 Census was detailed for Grant County overall. In this edition, statistics are noted for each of the four individual incorporated communities within Grant County.

The populations of each of these incorporated communities decreased from 2010 to 2020, according to the information released recently by the U S Census Bureau for 2020. All statistics listed in this news column for 2020 are from the U S Census Bureau as of April 1, 2020; stats for 2010 are from the same source as of April 1, 2010.

The Town of Silver City saw its population decrease from 10,315 persons in 2010 to 9,704 residents in 2020; this was a decrease of 5.9% during the ten-year period. The population of the City of Bayard went from 2,328 persons in 2010 to 2,116 people in 2020; this was a decrease of 9.1% from 2010 to 2020.

The Village of Santa Clara saw its population go from 1,686 residents in 2010 to 1,637 people in 2020; this was a 2.9% decrease in the number of residents in this community. The number of people living in the Town of Hurley decreased from 1,297 persons in 2010 to 1,256 residents in 2020; this was a decrease of 3.2% in the population of this Town.

To put these statistics into perspective, the overall population of the U S increased 7.4% from 2010 to 2020, and the population of the State of New Mexico increased 2.8% during the same ten-year period.

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2020 Census Part One

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2020 census grant county map census bureau 50This map of Grant County is from the 2020 Census. (The image was provided courtesy of the U S Census Bureau, 2021.)

Grant County continued to lose population, according to the information released recently by the U S Census Bureau for 2020. All statistics listed in this news column for 2020 are from the U S Census Bureau as of April 1, 2020; stats for 2010 are from the same source as of April 1, 2010.

In 2020, there were 28,185 people living in Grant County. The number of residents in 2010 were 29,514. This represented a 4.5% decrease in population in the County during the preceding ten years. In 2000, there were 31,002 people living in Grant County. During the past twenty years, Grant County has seen its population decrease by 9.1%.

To put these statistics into perspective, the overall population of the United States of America increased 7.4% from 2010 to 2020 and the population of the State of New Mexico increased 2.8% during the same ten-year period.

The racial composition of Grant County has changed since 2010.

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Health Insurance For The Unemployed

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Individuals in Grant County that received unemployment compensation at any point during 2021 are able to secure zero premium or low-cost health insurance through a provision of the American Rescue Plan. According to the State of New Mexico, qualified New Mexicans can select health insurance policies as part of this Special Enrollment Period.

To do so, you must act prior to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

These health insurance policies are good from September 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

"All health plans cover the 10 essential benefits such as doctor visits, hospital stays, maternity care, emergency room care, prescriptions, and more," according to a statement from BeWellnm, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. "Federal law and regulations provide protections against preexisting condition exclusions in health insurance coverage. Health plans must permit New Mexicans to enroll regardless of health status, age, gender, or other factors that may predict the use of health services."

To obtain the special subsidies available to people who received unemployment compensation, qualified individuals must choose from among Silver-level insurance policies. Individuals must not be able to receive health insurance through their employers to be qualified for these special subsidies.

A few examples of zero-premium health insurance policies that may be available to local residents include:

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Scholarships – Part Two

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Scholarships – Part Two

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Prospective college students, current college students, and loved ones of those individuals have several resources they can utilize to find potential scholarship opportunities. It's important to recognize that while some scholarships are open to just about everyone, many scholarships are designed to help individuals in specific groups of interest to the donors or providers of the scholarships.

In this edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, we're looking at one of those options: The Scholarship Search tool offered by Sallie Mae. Sallie Mae is a public corporation. It used to be structured as a government-sponsored entity. Its main focus in consumer banking revolves around private education loans as well as credit cards and savings accounts.

You don't have to be a customer of Sallie Mae or pay anything to Sallie Mae to be able to use its Scholarship Search tool. You do, though, have to register with the company to be able to use this tool. Individual students, parents, and educators are among those that can register to use this option. As with any digital site or any other program that requires registration, please review all terms of use and the privacy policy prior to providing any personal information.

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Scholarships, Part One

Scholarships – Part One

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There are generally six main ways a person can pay for a college education in the United States: Funds from parents, grandparents, and other loved ones; funds previously earned or secured from the individual student; loans incurred by parents, grandparents, and other loved ones; loans incurred by the students; earnings by students from work while attending college; and scholarships. Many students use a combination of these methods.

Scholarships have a substantial advantage over each of the other four methods in that funds secured through scholarships are typically provided as grants. While there are some scholarships that do have obligations that you must meet after receipt, there is typically no obligation for recipients of most scholarships to pay back funds either directly or indirectly.

Using scholarship funds is one of the best ways to reduce the actual direct cost of receiving a college education.

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Bataan Memorial Park

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Bataan Memorial Park

bataan memorial park helicopterThe Bataan Memorial Park is located at 33 Fort Bayard Road, to the northwest of Santa Clara. (Photograph was provided courtesy of Grant County.)

This week, Grant County announced that the Bataan Memorial Park would temporarily be closed as renovations were underway. Among the construction projects will be accessibility upgrades for people with disabilities as well as improvements to the drainage at the park. "This project will require the closure of the grounds, facilities, and parking lot to ensure the safety of both the public and the construction crews involved in the project," according to the statement from the County. "The closure is expected to last 90 -120 days."

You can view plans for improvements at the Bataan Memorial Park below.

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Silver City, Arizona

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(The photo was provided courtesy of Steve Douglas through Flickr, October 3, 2012.)

For a time, local addresses almost became "Silver City, Arizona."

In 1876, people in Grant County were celebrating the centennial of the United States of America by seeking to follow the lead of Revolutionary War leaders – to break away from its existing governing entity. In 1776, it was 13 colonies seeking to break away from the United Kingdom; in 1876, it was one county (and perhaps several others) seeking to break away from the Territory of New Mexico.

Grant County – then including territory that is now Hidalgo County and much of Luna County – wanted to join the Territory of Arizona. News reports at that time indicated that Grant County was among the wealthiest places in New Mexico.

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