Americans believe fundamentally in opportunity, and that each of our nation's children should achieve to the highest limits of his or her character and intellect, The Columbus Scholars Project, a community effort dedicated to this principle, announced this morning the five students who are its first scholarship recipients.
The winners are Niki Stout of Reese Road Elementary School, Rawlanda Hercules of Clubview Elementary, David Crall of J.D. Davis Elementary, Deja McCaslin of Forrest Road Elementary and Quandre Lewis of Downtown Elementary.
A special awards ceremony will be held Dec., 28 at the offices of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. It will be sponsored by the Muscogee County School District.
Scholarship winners enter the program as fifth graders, selected from a pool of applicants on the basis of academic performance, financial and personal need as well as the potential for personal growth.
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They enter a long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Upon completion of the program, which includes adherence to a basic set of behavior rules and academic achievement consistent with admission to an institution of higher learning, recipients will be provided with the financial resources to attend college.