Seniors earn full-ride scholarships


Eight seniors have been awarded scholarships that will likely fully fund each of their college educations.

Itzel Montes-Ruiz, a graduate of Duplin Early College High School, along with Manuel Montalvo Garcia and Nicole Garcia Cortez, both of North Duplin Junior/Senior High School and Claudia Rose Batts of Wallace-Rose Hill High School, received the Carolina Covenant Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is a need-based and merit-based financial aid package that covers all tuition, fees and room-and-board costs, beyond what is offered in federal financial aid, according to a release from Duplin County Schools.

Jenny Molina Guzman from North Duplin Junior/Senior High School and Elian Baltazar Chavez from James Kenan High School both received the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship.

Jenny will attend Amherst College and Elian will attend the University of Chicago. This program helps outstanding economically eligible high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges, according to the release.

Jaschia Hall received the Cheatham-White Scholarship from North Carolina Central University and looks forward to attending there after graduation from East Duplin High School. In addition to all tuition, fees and room-and-board costs being covered, this scholarship also provides four summers of fully-funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.

Graham Hanchey will join the prestigious Goodnight Scholars Program at N.C. State University after graduating from Wallace-Rose Hill High School. This program, since inception in 2008, has grown into a comprehensive student development program designed to develop scholars into leaders within the Science Technology Engineering and Math or education-related fields.


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