07/21/06 — WCPS students receive nearly $13 million in scholarships

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WCPS students receive nearly $13 million in scholarships

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 21, 2006 1:53 PM

Wayne County high school students brought home nearly $13 million in scholarships this year, school officials announced this week.

An estimated $2.6 million in scholarships and more than $10.3 million in renewable aid was distributed to students at the county's six high schools.

Among the institutions awarding scholarships are Barton College, Campbell University, Central Univer-sity, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, Guilford College, Johnston Com-munity College, Peace College, Mount Olive College, Meredith College, Methodist College, N.C. State University, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Wayne Community College, Wesleyan College and Winston-Salem State University.

This year, 55 graduates of Charles B. Aycock High School were awarded 193 offers of scholarships, grants and other financial aid that added up to $959,666. When calculated with the renewal rate, students earned $1.9 million in aid.

At Eastern Wayne High School, 64 students received 134 offers of assistance totaling $612,820. With renewals, the amount jumped to $1.9 million.

Goldsboro High School had 55 graduates who were awarded 229 offers of assistance totaling $183,301. Renewable aid brought the amount to $2.1 million.

Nearly $1.4 million in renewable financial support went to 51 Rosewood High School graduates, who received 68 offers of assistance worth $369,402.

Southern Wayne High School had 48 graduates who received a total of 175 offers for financial aid. Scholarship money equaled $439,873 or $1.6 million in renewable funding.

Spring Creek had 19 graduates awarded $125,570 in scholarships and $435,245 in renewable aid. A total of 47 scholarships were awarded.

School officials praised the efforts of recent graduates.

The honorees studied and worked hard, both inside and outside the classroom, said Dr. Sandra McCullen, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

"These students chose a rigorous academic program that has helped them to be successful in their college and career aspirations."

Guidance counselors also contributed to the outcome, she added. Throughout the school year, they direct and support students in applying for financial aid and obtain important information for students and parents to offset their concerns about paying for college, she said.

"The entire Wayne County community should be proud of the efforts of the schools, community organizations, businesses and individuals who support our students," she said.