August 6, 2014
College students will soon be heading back to campus. This summer many of the Simple Gifts Scholars met with our new 2014 recipients for dinner. The new collegiate students enjoyed hearing stories and insights from the older scholars. Casey Yang had many stories about his first year at New York University in Manhattan, New York. Ryan Wuester who is attending Bridgewater College in Virginia had advice on classes and dorms. Madison Bryant told about life at Agnes Scott College. This spring Madison’s yearbook team from Hobbton High School visited her at Agnes Scott as part of a Simple Gifts Love of Learning Grant. The HHS journalism students got a personal college tour from Madison on their Georgia and Atlanta trip. Laura Patlan had many stories for the new scholars having been in Athens, Greece with the College Year in Athens Program and in Kyoto, Japan at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts this past year. Laura is entering her senior year at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
There are four new Simple Gifts Fund scholars. Avery Blankenship, a recent Sampson Early College High School (SECHS) graduate, will be attending Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee. Both Camille Monroe and Shantelle Rammell will be in the Old Dominion State. Shantelle from Clinton High will be heading to Virginia Beach to attend Regent University. Camille, a SECHS graduate, will be matriculating at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. John Langley who went to Lakewood High School is headed to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.
Other 2013-2014 Scholars who were not at the dinner were: Connor Day-Agnes Scott College; Kelly Johnson- Emory & Henry College; Brooks Barwick-Kenyon College; Harrison Butler- Wofford College; and Festus Turlington- Washington & Lee University.
The second countywide College Power Up event will be held for all rising seniors in the Sampson County and Clinton City Schools on Wednesday August 12, 2014 at Clinton High School from 12:15-5:30. Parents are also encouraged to attend. Information can be found and the school systems websites or by calling the school system. Many of our Sampson County Simple Gifts Scholars will be at this event. It will be a great opportunity for seniors to learn about this scholarship opportunity first hand from the Scholars.
The Simple Gifts Scholarship is awarded annually to a Sampson County resident who is a current high school senior graduating from a school within Sampson County or who is a current Sampson Community College graduate. This Scholarship will be given to graduates who exemplify academic achievement and excellence, outstanding character and demonstrated leadership. The Simple Gifts Scholarship will provide recipients the liberating opportunity to make visionary life decisions that might not have been otherwise possible. The Scholarship will provide a scholarship worth up to $50,000 per year to students to help them earn a four-year college degree from a private liberal arts institution outside the state of North Carolina. The scholarship will be awarded without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin. Information on the scholarship can be found on the foundation’s website (www.simplegiftsfund.org).