WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Education announced the first winners of its "Future Teachers" scholarships during a special signing ceremony April 5.
Chloe Schaefer from Laney, Samuel Unrue from Hoggard, Casey White from Isaac Bear Early College, and Lindsey Wilcox from Hoggard each received a scholarship for a total amount of $28,000 to support them in their pursuit of a career in education.
Chloe is a member of Laney's Teacher Cadet Program and is the president of Future Teachers of America. She enjoys the volunteer work she does with Wrightsboro Elementary students and says it has helped her grow as an individual and a teacher.
Samuel is a member of the Hoggard Marching Band, Beta Club, and National Honor Society. In his essay, officials say Samuel revealed his "determination to prove that education is an integral aspect of society that needs to be in the forefront of political and community agendas."
Lindsey volunteers and tutors at several New Hanover County Schools. While she will be studying to become a Biology teacher, she also has an artistic side as a member of her church praise band, a competitive dancer, and a photographer.
School officials announced the new scholarships in December 2015 and say they will provide incentive, recognition, and financial assistance to outstanding individuals who are academically talented for professional development in the field of education.
To find out more about the "Future Teachers" scholarships, click here.
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