Dobson resident one of 17 Brooks Scholarship winners

Seventeen North Carolina high school graduates — including a Dobson resident and North Surry High School graduate — have been named recipients of Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarships for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

The scholarships provide funding for study at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Cheyanne Parker, of Dobson, was among those chosen for the award. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this year.

Recipients of the Brooks Scholarships were selected through a competitive process that included interviews by a county committee and final selection by a committee of faculty and staff from each of the three eligible universities. More than 200 students applied for Brooks Scholarships this year.

Established by Aubrey Lee Brooks, a Person-County native and prominent Greensboro attorney who died in 1958, the scholarships are available to students from fourteen North Carolina counties. First awarded in 1956, recipients are chosen based on Mr. Brooks’ qualifications: “academic standing, character, leadership, financial need, and the will of the recipient to help himself or herself prepare for a career as a useful and informed citizen.”

The scholarships will provide $12,000 for each student for the 2017-18 academic year and may be renewed for a period of three additional academic years. In addition to the annual scholarship, Brooks Scholars are provided with funding that supports additional educational opportunities including study abroad, internships and research fellowships.

Jordan Zeigler, of Walnut Cove, was also among the scholarship winners. A graduate of South Stokes High School, Zeigler University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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