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April 21, 2014

GHS students receive full-ride scholarships

Gainesville — Gainesville High School seniors Payton Cassidy, Conner Kennedy, Vicky Moreno and Hannah Gerken received some good news recently. The students were notified Tuesday that they have received all expense paid, full-ride college scholarships from the Terry Foundation.

“It is a testament to our students’ hard work and persistence, as well as the dedication of our counselors and teachers,” GHS Principal David Glancy said.

 The scholarships are presented to students based on academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community service and face-to-face interviews.

After the interview process, 600 applicants were considered finalists with only 300 students selected for the final awards.

“The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based scholarship program founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates and transfer scholars for attendance at public colleges and universities within the state,” the Foundation states on its website. “Established in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard & Nancy Terry, the Foundation has assisted thousands of Terry Scholars in meeting the Founders' goal of helping Texas college students to help themselves.”

The recipients have already mapped out their career goals and majors.  Payton Cassidy plans to study neonatal nursing at Texas Tech. Conner Kennedy will be a pre-med students at the University of North Texas. Vicky Moreno will study neonatal nursing at Texas Woman’s University and Hannah Gerken will attend Texas A&M to study chemistry.

 Terry Scholarship program director Jodie Koszegi said the Foundation is thrilled to hear the new Scholars are being recognized and celebrated in their home communities.

  “While it is uncommon for four students from the same high school graduating class to receive a Terry Foundation Scholarship, it is less surprising now, given the recent expansion of our program to include 11 public universities throughout Texas.” Koszegi explained. “ Terry Scholars are selected based upon their demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. Successful candidates reflect the values and priorities of their schools and communities, so it is a wonderful compliment to GHS and the entire Gainesville community to have four Terry  Scholars in the class of 2014."

 

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