Five Students Earn Foundation Scholarships
The 2017 Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation Scholarship winners are, from left, Zechariah Felton, Havelock High School; Nathen Mergen, Croatan High School; Alison Pagliuca, West Carteret High School; Jonathan Burch, East Carteret High School; and Kirah Bryant, Havelock High School.
Five area high school seniors are heading off to college this fall with some financial help from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation. These students were selected from 29 applicants vying for scholarships of up to $4,000 each for four years of school. To qualify, the students had to be high school seniors in the current graduating class and live on Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative's lines.
The foundation earmarks scholarships for each of the public high schools in Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative’s service area – East Carteret, West Carteret, Croatan and Havelock high schools. The fifth scholarship goes to the next highest scoring applicant among all the applications submitted, including non-public schools. This year’s winners are:
Kirah Bryant from Havelock High School. Kirah is the daughter of Jonathan and Sherry Bryant and plans to study nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, with plans of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has earned academic and leadership honors all four years of high school and is involved in a variety of community service projects.
Jonathan Burch from East Carteret High School. Jonathan is the son of David and Cathy Burch and has been accepted at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he plans to study math or business. He is third in his graduating class and has earned multiple academic honors. He is captain of the tennis team and was named a Student-Athlete of the Week in 2016.
Zechariah Felton, a scholar-athlete from Havelock High School. He is the son of Monica and Steve Felton. Zechariah is a member of several scholastic honor societies and plays varsity football and baseball. He plans to attend East Carolina and earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Nathen Mergen from Croatan High School. Nathen is the son of Chis and Stacy Mergen and has been accepted at Florida State University and plans to major in psychology, with a goal of becoming a forensic psychologist and behavioral analyst. He has earned multiple academic awards and is captain of the varsity cross country team.
Alison Pagliuca from West Carteret High School. Alison is the daughter of Jean Turoci and has been accepted at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg to study equine science. She has earned various awards in equestrian sports, as well as the Good Patriot Award and other honors at school, in FFA and 4-H. Alison will be the first in her family to attend college.
A panel of judges weighed financial need, academics, and extracurricular activities of all applicants to select the winners. The funds for this and other grants are generated by co-op members who voluntarily round up their electric bill each month to the nearest dollar. The foundation board, which is made up of co-op members, manages the funds. For the four-year scholarship alone, the board has granted more than $352,000 to help 878 students attend college since 2000.