Hamilton County graduates receive over $31 million in scholarships
The Class of 2018 has already graduated from Hamilton County schools, but the celebration isn't over yet.
The school system announced Tuesday that this year's graduating class was offered over $31 million in scholarships, $10 million more than the Class of 2017.
“Preparing graduates for success after high school is a key mission for Hamilton County Schools and a big step in a graduate’s success is making college financially attainable,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “These students have put in the hard work in the classroom, on the playing field or in artistic development to make scholarships possible, and our teachers, advisers, and counselors have worked the extra hours to connect deserving students with scholarship opportunities.”
Ooltewah High School graduate Dessa O'Neal was offered a full scholarship worth an estimated $286,236 to the University of Chicago.
Bethsahida "Betsy" Harrigan, a Central High School graduate, was offered a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University to study psychology with a pre-med emphasis. Harrigan's scholarship is estimated to be worth over $283,000. Kathleen "Katt" Cimino, who also graduated from Central, earned a scholarship estimated to be worth over $280,000 to attend Wesleyan University to study English and French.
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences graduate Kedhejah Kelly received a full scholarship to attend Emory Universty and major in math on a pre-med track.
Four graduates of Soddy-Daisy High School were offered full-ride scholarships to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The students, Avery Hawkins, Jude Tedder, Grace Taylor and Emily Romero, will be the first members of their families to attend college.
One Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts graduate has been accepted to New York University.
“I have been accepted at NYU to study acting,” said Tyrese Jones, a 2018 graduate of Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts. “I am sad to leave CCA, but I am happy to open the next chapter in my life.”
Graduates at four schools received over $1 million in scholarships. Those schools are Tyner Academy, Soddy-Daisy High School, Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts and Central High School.