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Foundation Awards Five Scholarships







From left: John Brooks, East Carteret High School; Jacob Pavone, West Carteret High School; Samara Rahman, Croatan High School; Cameron King, Havelock High School; and Brandon Hunter, Early College East

Five college-bound high school seniors from Carteret County and Havelock have been awarded scholarships totaling $4,000 from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation. Judges selected the students from a total of 34 applications received this year.

The foundation provides scholarships to one student at East Carteret, West Carteret, Croatan and Havelock high schools. The fifth scholarship is awarded to the next highest ranked applicant from all the applications, including those in non-traditional or non-public schools.

The scholarship program is open to students who live in a home that gets electricity from Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC). The judges weighed the following in determining the scholarship winners: need, 50 percent; academic achievement, 25 percent; and extracurricular activities, 25 percent.

Following are the winners:

East Carteret High School: John Brooks. He is the son of David and Kimberlyn Brooks of Harkers Island and is student body president and number one in his graduating class. He plans to study environmental science at NC State in the fall.

West Carteret High School: Jacob Pavone. He is the son of John Pavone and Lori Snyder and plans to attend NC State to study biology and computers. He has earned academic achievement honors all four years of high school and has a 4.6 weighted GPA.

Croatan High School: Samara Rahman. She is the daughter of Sammer and Leigh Rahman of Cape Carteret and has a 4.9 weighted GPA at Croatan. She plans to study pre-med at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Havelock High School: Cameron Clark. He lives with his aunt and uncle, Michael and Lisa Kuhl of Havelock. He will attend Neumont College of Computer Science in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the fall. He has a 4.24 weighted GPA.

Early College East, Havelock: Brandon Hunter. He is the son of James and Maria Hunter of Havelock and plans to study nuclear engineering at NC State. He has a 4.8 weighted GPA.

“The caliber of all the applicants this year was exceptional, and our judges had a difficult time selecting just five,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “We look forward to watching these young people excel as they pursue their educational goals over the next four years.”

Funds for scholarships and other educational and humanitarian grants come from cooperative members who agree to have their electric bills rounded up to the nearest dollar each month. The funds collected are deposited with the foundation, which is managed by volunteer members who serve on the board of directors.

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