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Top Scholarship Awards announced

Rocky Mount, N.C.— More than 50 top students from across the country recently attended Scholarship Day at North Carolina Wesleyan College as part of the selection process leading to the awarding of 13 prestigious academic scholarships available for entering freshmen.

“We were very impressed with the credentials and accomplishments of this year’s applicants,” said Vice President for Enrollment Bill Allen.  “As a group, these students far exceeded the minimum qualifications and presented themselves very well to our selection committee.  We would be pleased to have them join us as members of our rising freshman class for the fall of 2012.”

The Prestige Award is the highest level scholarship presented by NC Wesleyan and includes full tuition and the costs for room and board.  Darryl Charles Hamilton of Fayetteville, NC was selected to receive this top honor.  Darryl is a senior at Cross Creek Early College High School and the son of Darryl and Bernice Hamilton.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named most improved player on the softball team.  He is president of his church youth group and the local NAACP student group.

Three students were selected to receive full-tuition scholarships.  Macon Travis Hammond from Clarkton, NC earned the Bishop Award.  Macon is a senior at West Bladen High School and the son of Larry and Beth Hammond.  He is a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He has been the captain and Most Valuable Player of the varsity baseball team earning 2 varsity letters.  In addition, he participates in church league basketball and serves as a coach in the Dixie Youth League.  Macon is pursuing a degree in exercise science.

Emalyn Marie Jessup was tapped to receive a full-tuition Trustee Award.  Emalyn is the daughter of Tyler and Debra Jessup of Timberville, Virginia.  She attends Broadway High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Team Society, World Language Honors, and Student Council Association.  She plays varsity soccer and performs with the concert band. Emalyn is planning to major in biology.

Brooke Morgan Wilner of Kinston, NC will receive a full-tuition Trustee Award, as well.  She is a graduating senior at Epiphany School in New Bern and is the daughter of Eddie Jackson and Sherry Wilner.  In addition to her many accomplishments, she was chosen to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation in Washington, D.C.  Brooke plans to pursue a degree in mathematics.

Additional scholarships of varying amounts were presented to nine other students. The Josephus Daniels Endowed Scholarship is presented annually to one student from Eastern North Carolina based on outstanding academic and personal accomplishments.  Megan Heath was selected to receive this honor.  Other scholarship recipients are:  Reba “Katie” Beeman, Kristen Bryant, Carolyn “Beth” Carter, Jasmine Edgren, Nicole Liette, Dillion Moore, Paula Nicholson, and Kaitlyn Sitterson.

To apply for any Wesleyan scholarship, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have earned a score of 19 on the ACT or 900 combined math and verbal scores on the SAT.  He/she must submit a 350-word essay based on prompts provided by the college.  The applications, which include information about the student’s academic record, extracurricular activities, and community involvement, are screened and only the best students are invited to campus to participate in 2 separate interviews with selection committee members.

Students with a grade point average of 3.5 and a score of 24 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT are eligible to compete for several high level scholarships that may include full tuition and/or other benefits.

NC Wesleyan is a 4-year liberal arts college that offers 22 major and 22 minor degree programs in the areas of business, criminal justice, education, fine arts, science, social sciences, and more.  Many Wesleyan students participate in the competitive Division III athletics program offered for men and women. Sports teams for men include baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis.  Women compete in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. More information is available online: www.ncwc.edu.