University School of Jackson

Three Seniors awarded Ned McWherter Scholarships

Three University School of Jackson students have been named recipients of the 2018-19 Ned McWherter Scholarship. Alden Cardwell, Camryn Coley, and Eli Garey were among only 80 scholarship recipients awarded statewide out of more than 1,500 applications.

“Many highly qualified candidates throughout Tennessee applied to be a Ned McWherter Scholar, so we are happy to have three 2018 recipients. In addition to taking challenging coursework and having high test scores, recipients are also scored on their extracurricular involvement and demonstrated leadership. These students meet and exceed those criteria.“ said Carol Ryan, Director of College Advising.

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program awards each student $6,000 per academic year, with $3,000 from the state of Tennessee and an additional $3,000 from the college or university the student selects to attend. The total award for each student is $24,000 over four years. Since the program’s establishment in 2002, there have been more than 1,000 Ned McWherter Scholars statewide.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation awarded funding to 80 new applicants and 310 renewal applicants for a total of 390 Ned McWherter Scholars in 2018-19. Current Ned McWherter Scholars had an average high school GPA of 3.99, hold an average ACT score of 34.5, and will attend 13 Tennessee higher education institutions. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in college and attend full-time to remain eligible for the program.

“The goal of our College Advising team is to provide individualized attention and support to each of our students as they participate in the college search and selection process. This support includes assisting students and their families in securing funding for college through programs like the Ned McWherter Scholarship Program,” said Carol Ryan.

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