Scholarships to local students are given each year by Jewel's Civic and Social Organization, LLC. This year, the organization is giving the first James Johnson Scholarship to local graduates.
Funds for the scholarship are raised via a Mardi Gras Gala held each year in February at the Bastrop Municipal Center.
The 2014 Mardi Gras Gala is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014. Sponsorship for this event includes a table with seating for eight at the cost of $200. Individual seating will be available for $20. Applications for next year's scholarships will be available in the Bastrop High School guidance counselor's office in the spring.
Those receiving this year's scholarships are Brittney Moore, C.J. Caldwell and Jatavious Wilson.