Over $9M in scholarships go to county students

By Chase Jordan

July 1, 2014

College advisors/scholars coordinators Rosemary Simpson and Bambi Dove were proud to announce that graduating seniors in Sampson County collected more than $9.66 million in scholarships.

And they did so Monday night in a presentation before the Sampson County Board of Education. The goal of the program is to increase student scholarships in all the high schools, something the pair said was happening.

“We’re very proud of that,” Dove said about the totals.

Simpson agreed while breaking down the totals from each high school. “Getting into college is easy, but paying for it is hard,”she said.

Dove talked about the importance of communicating with the public through their website, “Getting that communication out to them is a very vital part of our role,” Dove said.

During their application week, more than $19,000 was saved in college application fees and more than 1,200 applications were submitted.

Some of highlights include financial aid meetings, workshops, trips to universities and major events such as the annual College Power-Up.

“It’s like a day in school, but it’s a fun day,” Simpson said.

The second annual event for seniors is scheduled for 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Aug. 12 at Clinton High School, 340 Indian Town Road. Its purpose is to help students with the college process.

“It just takes care of everything,” Simpson said. “When they leave that day, they’ll be ready to fill out those applications.”

During the event, college admission officers will be available for students and it will also include breakout sessions to help students with the application process. Some of the sessions will focus on resumes, personal statement writing, financial aid and applications.

Simpson said about 25 colleges were represented during the previous College Power-Up. A new feature will include information about the military.

“There’s so many choices out there,” she stressed.

The event is a collaborative effort with Clinton City Schools. Last year, more than 200 students from the two school systems attended the event.

Local school officials said they will release more information as the event approaches. Registration is available online until July 25 at