Surry Central graduate Zach Cochran recently received a $5,000 scholarship from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
The son of Jeff and Kellie Cochran of Dobson is one of 15 recipients of the scholarship, given to children of Perdue employees and independent contract farmers. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
Zach, whose father is an area coordinator at the Yadkinville facility, will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a degree in biology.
In June he graduated from Central, ranked fifth in his class of 186 students, and earned a weighted grade point average of 4.5.
Active at school and in the community, he was a member for two years in the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society, of which he served as president.
He was an all-conference tennis player and a three-year starter for the boys’ basketball team.
Other honors and awards include the Math Honor Society for three years, first place in the Surry County Arts WOW contest, and receiving the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. He is a junior volunteer at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
In May, the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation announced that Zach would be one of 10 students from Central to receive a foundation scholarship.
Zach plans to attend medical school and become a surgeon.
“Beginning at a young age, I have been certain of my future career goals,” he said.