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Monroe Middle student Annette Jarquin receives Bell Scholarship

Annette Jarquin, a seventh-grade student at Monroe Middle School, has received a Bell Scholarship for $2,000 annually.

Raleigh, N.C. – College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) has announced 10 winners of the 2014 Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship.

This is the 8th year the Foundation has awarded scholarships to encourage North Carolina seventh grade students with high potential to aspire to a college education.

The scholarship is named in honor of the visionary former chairman of the CFI Board of Trustees who served for 30 years and left a strong legacy of service to North Carolina.

Winners receive $2,000 per year, from middle school through the fourth year of college, up to a maximum total of $20,000 per recipient, as long as they continue to meet annual renewal criteria.

Awards are contributed to an account in the NC 529 plan with the individual recipient named as the beneficiary of the account.

This year’s Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship winners are:

Amaya Burnett, Martin Middle School, Raleigh, N.C.

Christian M Chavez, Northwoods Park Middle School, Jacksonville, N.C.

Yeniffer Rojas, Littlefield Middle School, Lumberton, N.C.

Brandon Cool, Western Rockingham Middle School, Madison, N.C.

Annette Q. Jarquin Sosa, Monroe Middle School, Monroe, N.C.

Jesus L. Martinez, P.S. Jones Middle School, Washington , N.C.

Carlisia Mewborn, Rochelle Middle School, Kinston, N.C.

Zianne M. Richardson, Warrenton County Middle School, Warrenton, N.C.

Angel Santos Juarez, Creswell Middle School, Creswell, N.C.

Declan Sander, Hendersonville Middle School, Hendersonville, N.C.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a random drawing from all nominations received. North Carolina middle school counselors and principals, as well as selected college readiness/access group across the state, can submit one nomination per school or group each year. This year, 123 nominations were submitted.

CFI funds ten new Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarships annually and continues to fund scholarships for previous recipients who meet annual renewal criteria. Other organizations or individuals are welcome to contribute to the Bell Scholarship Program or to fund and create a similar scholarship that can be administered by CFI.

Two groups of students who received the scholarship when they were in seventh grade are now in college. Last year’s Bell Scholar high school graduates started at colleges that included UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina, UNC-Pembroke and Duke University.

College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), administers a large portfolio of education loans, several major grant and scholarship programs for students attending N.C. colleges and universities, and the tax-advantaged "529" college savings program on behalf of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority.

CFI also delivers information to North Carolina students and families about paying for college, assists colleges and universities with financial aid services, and provides technology support for CFNC.org.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: May 27, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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