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Meredith College Announces Top Academic Scholarship Recipients

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Three students have been selected to receive Meredith College’s top academic awards for the Class of 2019. Kirby Jones, of Garner, N.C., has been awarded the Meredith Legacy Scholarship. Abigail Ojeda, of Raleigh, N.C., and Rachel Crawford, of Pittsboro, N.C., have been awarded Meredith’s Presidential Scholarship.

Jones is a senior at Garner Magnet High School who intends to major in child development at Meredith and plans a career in education. Jones has been active in her high school choral and drama programs, and in student council, including serving as student body president her senior year. Her honors include North Carolina Governor’s School and Beta Club. She is active in her church, and is the co-founder of the Poiema Project, an art-based effort to raise funds for the National Eating Disorders Association.

The recipient of The Meredith Legacy Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship, is selected based on merit, including superior standardized test scores, academic achievement, high school and community leadership ability, and strong communication skills. Established and funded by Meredith College alumnae, the Meredith Legacy Scholarship is the highest honor available to entering freshmen at Meredith. Additional benefits of the Meredith Legacy Scholarship include international study, leadership training, enrichment programs and mentoring.

A senior at Sanderson High School, Ojeda intends to pursue a double major in political science and English, with plans to attend law school. At her high school, she is a member of the National Honor Society, editor-in-chief of the yearbook and a member of the cross country team. She also served as president of Sanderson’s Key Club, and is active in her church.

Crawford is a senior at Northwood High School. She is interested in Meredith’s Education program, and plans to become a secondary English teacher. Her honors include being selected for North Carolina Governor’s School and acceptance in honors societies for music, dance, and drama. She is Quiz Bowl secretary and a section leader and marching leader in the Northwood band. Crawford is also active in drama, dance, and in her church.

Presidential Scholars, like Meredith Legacy Scholars, represent the top tier of honors students at Meredith College. The selection of Meredith College Presidential Scholarship recipients is based on merit, including superior academic achievement, intellectual promise and leadership ability. The selection process included an interview during Meredith’s Scholars Weekend.

These scholars and their classmates in Meredith’s Class of 2019 will experience StrongPoints®, an innovative advising and personal coaching model that will be a defining element of the Meredith educational experience. Through this comprehensive initiative, students will identify their strengths, and examine over the course of their four years at Meredith how those strengths can help them shape their academic options, experiential involvement outside the classroom, financial goals and the means for achieving those goals, and career options.

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