07/19/07 — Graduates take home millions in awards

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Graduates take home millions in awards

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 19, 2007 1:46 PM

Financial aid for recent graduates from seven public high schools attending college in the fall topped more than $3.2 million, officials have announced.

When calculated further in terms of renewable grants, scholarships and work-study aid, the 2007 graduating class earned more than $9 million.

Educators and administrators work diligently to ensure student success, which goes beyond the classroom and extends to higher institutions of learning, Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor said.

Guidance counselors are instrumental in helping students and parents obtain financial assistance to further their education, added Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction. It is all part of an educational system designed to give students the tools to succeed in the 21st Century.

"All of our schools offer a focused approach to student learning and achievement that is practiced daily in the classrooms," she said. "As shown by our graduates, if students take advantage of the rigorous academic programs that are offered, they can be successful in their college and career aspirations."

A breakdown of individual schools and scholarship awards includes:

*At Charles B. Aycock High, 14 students were awarded 40 offers of financial aid, which added up to $486,378. When calculated with renewal, students will receive $1.55 million.

*At Eastern Wayne, 83 graduates received 266 offers of assistance, totaling $873,899, or $1.56 million in renewable aid.

*Fifty-three Goldsboro High graduates were awarded 199 offers of aid, totaling $840,787. When calculated with renewal, the total was $2.1 million.

*Thirty-eight Rosewood High graduates received 63 offers of assistance, worth $398,586 in scholarships and $1.57 million in renewable financial support.

*At Southern Wayne, 45 graduates received 199 offers of aid, translating to $375,937 in aid or $1.31 worth of renewable funds.

*Spring Creek High had 21 graduates awarded 55 scholarships, worth $265,983, or $958,898 in renewable aid.

*Nine graduates from Wayne Early Middle College High School received 10 scholarships, valued at $48,296 or $148,136 in renewable aid.

Officials also released a list of some of the colleges and universities where graduates indicated they will continue their studies. Among them were Barton College, Campbell University, Citadel Military College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, George Washington State University, Guilford College, Johnson C. Smith University, Johnston Com-munity College, Liberty University, Meredith College, Methodist College, Mount Olive College, N.C. State University, Peace College, Shaw University, Temple University, University of Alaska, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Pembroke, Virginia State University, Wayne Community College, Wesleyan College and Winston-Salem State University.