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The Charleston Area Alliance today announced its 2010 College Summit Scholarship recipients.
The winners are: Larissa Adams, Sissonville High School; Adam Cooper, Nitro High School; Attaya Green, Capital High School; and Chelsi Griffith, South Charleston High School.
Funding for three of the scholarships is provided by the Maier Foundation. Generation Charleston, the Alliance’s emerging leaders group, is fundraising for the fourth scholarship this year.
Each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, students will receive a gift card their sophomore and junior years to their university bookstores. A gift card to a Charleston Area Alliance member retailer will be provided their senior years to purchase business attire, helping them to present a professional image during job interviews.
The students will be recognized for their achievement at the Alliance’s 2010 Annual Celebration, scheduled for June 3 at The Clay Center.
The Alliance’s Scholarship Selection Committee met earlier this month to review applications and choose the recipients.
“Selecting just four winners from this excellent group of applicants was indeed a challenge, but we all agreed that helping set these students on a course for success was worthy of our hard work,” said committee member John Calvert. “It was a distinct honor to serve on this committee.”
The Alliance began partnering with College Summit in 2006 to provide scholarship opportunities to students participating in College Summit’s Peer Leader workshop. During this workshop, students receive intensive instruction on how to get into college, including working with a writing coach to perfect personal essays, filling out practice college applications, meeting with college counselors and researching financial aid opportunities. These students then return to their high schools to share the information learned in the workshop with peers. In addition to being peer leaders, students must post between a 2.0 and 3.5 GPA and plan on attending a West Virginia college or university.
Since the scholarship program was first implemented, the Charleston Area Alliance has awarded 20 scholarships to low-income high schools students throughout Kanawha County.
“Providing these scholarships is one of the most rewarding things the Alliance does each year,” said Alliance President Matt Ballard. “Creating jobs is vital, but we must have a workforce to help us attract new businesses to locate in the region. I invite everyone to attend our Annual Celebration when we will recognize these students. You will see promise and the future in their eyes.”
To register for the Annual Celebration, visit www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org/Events.