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Talent show benefits scholarship fund ‘PAY IT FORWARD’: Two Carthage couples looking to help out college-bound high school seniors

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CARTHAGE — The founders of the Pay It Forward scholarship are hosting a talent show to build funds for a new scholarship.

Kingsley L. and Jacqueline G. Malcolm, along with Dr. Brian and Heather Carr, who now call the Carthage area home, established the scholarship to help Carthage Central High School seniors.

For the Malcolms, the idea of helping college-bound students began when Mr. Malcolm was given funds to help pay expenses while in nursing school. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in anesthesiology from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in 2009 and now works as a nurse anesthetist at Carthage Area Hospital.

Dr. Carr is an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital, and after the two couples met, they found they had a common desire to give back to the community. They decided to establish the scholarship “to ensure that the lack of financial resources does not hold brilliant minds back from pursuing an undergraduate degree,” according to a statement about the talent show.

The organizers are holding auditions for “The North Country’s Got Talent — Talent Showcase!” from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of Carthage High School, 36500 Route 26. Applications can be found online at www.payitforwardscholarship.com and may be submitted in person on audition day or via email at info@payitforwardscholarship.com.

The individual and group application fee is $25. The auditions are open to anyone 12 and older. Selected acts will vie for the grand prize of $1,000.

The Talent Showcase is set for 7 p.m. May 12 in the Carthage High School auditorium. Organizers estimate there will be about 30 acts in the show, which be judged by a small panel of local residents who have demonstrated their knowledge of and have experience with the performing arts, Mrs. Carr said.

Previously, a dinner party raised $8,700 for the scholarship, which is being administered through the Northern New York Community Foundation. Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made by sending a check payable to Northern New York Community Foundation, with Pay It Forward Scholarship in the memo line, to NNYCF, 120 Washington St., Suite 400, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

The winner of the inaugural scholarship will be announced during the Carthage High School Awards Night June 6.

For more information contact the organizers at info@payitforwardscholarship.com, or call Heather Carr at 1 (915) 346-5537 or Jacqueline Malcolm at 1 (615) 424-3912.

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