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Fourth Grade Scholarship Winner to be Announced in August

A fourth-grade minority student in Wayne County with the highest standardized test score in math will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend Appalachian State University.

The winner of the fall 2010 Freshman Class scholarship will be announced in August by representatives from Wayne County Schools. The student will receive the monies when he or she graduates from high school in 2010.

Including this scholarship, more than $220,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Wayne and Craven county students to attend Appalachian as the scholarship endowment matures. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, established the scholarship in 1993 to help facilitate cultural diversity at Appalachian while also benefiting Wayne and Craven county students. Wayne County business leaders and residents have also contributed to the scholarship.

“This scholarship encourages a student to think about the potential of a college degree long before many families and students think about higher education,” said Dr. Linda Bennett, dean of Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences. “This scholarship plants a very fertile seed for a student to know that the opportunity for a four-year degree is there.”

The winner is selected based on performance on achievement tests taken at the end of the third grade.

Recipients must meet Appalachian’s admissions requirements and major in either math or science. The award is renewable if the student maintains at least a 2.5 grade point average.

“We are fortunate that a student enrolled in the Wayne County Public Schools is chosen to receive this most prestigious scholarship annually,” said Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent. “The focus on education and generosity of this award by the anonymous donor is commendable and appreciated. We look forward and are excited each year with the naming of the new recipient.”

The first recipient is scheduled to enter the university in fall 2002.