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Students nab millions in grants, scholarships

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 8, 2011 1:46 PM

Recent high school graduates from Wayne County Public Schools earned a potential of $15 million in renewable financial aid to attend college, officials announced this week.

Members of the Class of 2011 from eight county high schools were recipients of more than $4.8 million in one-time and annual grants, scholarships and work-study aid.

Charles B. Aycock had the biggest graduating class, with 291, and the largest amount of supplemental aid for students to further their education, with $1.1 million in one-time aid and $4.3 million in renewable aid.

Eastern Wayne was next for one-time aid, with $729,265. Potential renewable aid was estimated at $1.6 million.

Rosewood High, which had 114 graduates, might have had less in one-time aid, with $608,715, but excelled in renewable aid, with $2.2. million.

Southern Wayne also boasted a large pool of renewable aid, with nearly $2 million spread out among its 219 graduates. One-time scholarships and other awards totaled $510,716.

For the 140 graduates at Goldsboro High, $641,226 was awarded in one-time grants and scholarships, with the potential for $1.4 million in renewable aid.

Scholarships and financial aid for Spring Creek High School's 109 graduates was estimated at $397,971 and $1.6 million in renewable funding.

The district's two newest high schools also fared well, keeping pace with their counterparts that had larger graduating classes.

Wayne Early/Middle School, which opened in 2006, graduated 37 students this year, 19 of them simultaneously earning two-year associate degrees from Wayne Community College.

Students there earned $496,798 in grants and scholarship aid, with the potential for $901,126 in renewable funding.

This year marked the first graduating class of Wayne School of Engineering, which opened in the fall of 2007. An estimated $1.3 million in renewable financial aid could be distributed among the 56 graduates, or $341,617 in one-time scholarships and grants.