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Local students earn scholarships

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Mountwest Community and Technical College has awarded eight students with scholarships for the fall semester through the Mountwest Foundation.

The students include Roy Pratt from Wayne and Gary Swann of South Point, Advanced Technical Solutions Excellence in IT Scholarships; Nicholas Howard of Huntington, Cory Mullins of Catlettsburg, Stephen Pennington of Charleston and Amanda Spitz of Proctorville, Allied Health Scholarships; Christopher Bowen of Huntington, Culinary Arts Scholarship; and Brian Ramey of Wayne, Lisa Smith Kroening Scholarship.

The Mountwest Foundation currently has West Virginia state tax credits available for new scholarship gifts of $500 or more through the Neighborhood Investment Program. Donors can receive 50 percent of eligible gifts back in the form of state tax credits through this program. To make a gift to the Mountwest Scholarship Fund, contact the Mountwest Foundation at 304-710-3271 or foundation@mctc.edu.

The deadline to apply for a spring 2013 scholarship is Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information on how to apply, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 304-710-3370 or visit www.mctc.edu/scholarships.

In Ashland, Morgan E. Canty, a senior at Paul Blazer High School, is one of more than 1,600 black American high school seniors who have been designated as semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

These scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million to be offered in the spring.

To be considered for a National Achievement Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 80 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship award.

Every finalist will compete for one of the 700 one-time National Achievement $2,500 scholarships, which will be awarded on a regional representation basis. In addition, corporate and business sponsors will underwrite about 100 Achievement Scholarship awards for finalists who meet criteria set by the grantor. Although some corporate-sponsored awards provide a single payment, most are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.