JA of Abilene Awards $88,000 Among 15 Big Country Students

Pictured: JA Scholarship recipients from Clyde High School Preston Loudermilk & Allison Watson with JA of Abilene Executive Director Evan Simmons following the 2015 Clyde High School Award Ceremony.This post originally appeared in the Abilene Reporter News .ABILENE, Texas - Junior Achievement of Abilene recently presented 15 area students with scholarships totaling $88,000 for upcoming school years.Monetary value for the awards were broken up by future university attendance, as well as the trust providing the scholarships.Abilene Christian University granted $10,000 each to Logan Burke and Megan Lavallee of Jim Ned High School and Naudia Collier of Abilene High School .Hardin-Simmons University provided $6,000 awards to Brittany Hector of Eula High School , Preston Loudermilk of Clyde High School and Landri Thompson of Jim Ned.McMurry University also provided $6,000 scholarships to Hayleigh Owens of Jim Ned High School and Ashley Phelps of Eula High School.The Willie I., Wanda, W.F. Martin Charitable Trust also supplied $4,000 each to Maggie Branch, Makenzie Noland, Holly Noles and Karsten Pippens of Jim Ned High School; Garrett Deel and Kara McIntire of Baird High School ; and Allison Watson of Clyde High School.Junior Achievement of Abilene, which served more than 5,000 Big Country students in 238 classrooms this past school year, provides young people with access to knowledge and skills needed to plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices."Junior Achievement exists to empower young people to own their economic success," Evan Simmons , Junior Achievement of Abilene?s Executive Director, said. "We grant these scholarships to area high school seniors who have participated in a Junior Achievement program and excelled academically while in high school."

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