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April 15, 2014

GHS students hoping for full ride scholarship

Gainesville — Five Gainesville High School (GHS) seniors will soon find out if they will be receiving Terry Foundation Scholarships to attend the colleges of their choice and setting them on the path to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

The five hopefuls and colleges of their choice include Ashton Neu (Sam Houston State University), Payton Cassidy (Texas Tech), Hannah Gerken (Texas A&M), Vicky Moreno (Texas Women’s University) and Conner Kennedy (University of North Texas).

The Terry scholarships will cover all college expenses as long as the students continue to meet the program requirements.  After filling out applications, taking tests  and submitting essays, the fab five have made it past the interview stage and are set to hear the results today.

GHS counselor Sonia Markle said having five GHS students qualify this far in the program is an impressive feat.

“Last year, we only had one student who qualified for the scholarship,” Markle said. “And to have five this year is extraordinary and a credit not only to each of these wonderful students but also to the school and teachers.”

“I have seen these kids learn and grow since they were little and I am so proud of them,” Markle continued.

The Terry Scholarship program was created by Howard and Nancy Terry of Houston to help young people help themselves. Howard Terry had been active for many years in banking, construction, real estate as well in oil and gas in the Houston area, resulting in profound monetary success. With their family needs met, the Terrys looked to give back to the community and to specifically help young people achieve their goals in higher education.

Mr. Terry graduated from the University of Texas on an athletic scholarship in 1938 and he remembered the generosity of others that made his college education possible  Never forgetting the helping hand that he had received in attending college and with his financial success, he became determined to help a new generation of students.

The GHS class of potential recipients not only are destined for different universities but have differing career choices in mind.

Conner Kennedy wants to be a doctor and is looking forward to attending the University of North Texas.

Vicky Moreno has already been accepted at Texas Woman’s University in neonatal nursing.

Ashton Neu looks forward to taking his love of sports into sports broadcasting.

Hannah Gerken plans to become a chemistry teacher.

Payton Cassidy hopes to enjoy all the aspects of college life at Texas Tech while studying pediatrics and its neonatal nursing program.

  “These are great kids and for all five to be considered for the Terry scholarships reflects not only on each of them scholastically but on their family, character and integrity as well,” Markle continued. “I see great things in their futures.”

 

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