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Sampson Community College recently continued its support of the North Carolina Blueberry Festival by helping to distribute $20,000 in scholarships to 20 rising college students.

The scholarship application review team of Katie Brown, director of Customized Training and Workforce Development, Ann Butler, dean of Continuing Education, Dr. Jay Gillispie, vice president of Academic Affairs, and Alonza Royal, coordinator of Human Resources, met regularly for several weeks and evaluated nearly 80 Blueberry Festival Scholarship applications. While a lot of hours went into the selection process, Dr. Gillispie said the team was glad to have been part of helping local students further their education.

The 2013 scholarship recipients are: DaQuan Raheem Bordeaux (Pender); Matthew Butler (Sampson); Rodney Danks, Jr. (Sampson); Rubicelia Gasca (Pender); Bailey Mae Giddeons (Pender); Katelyn Hester (Bladen); Morgan Holland (Sampson); Addie Humphrey (New Hanover); Selena Ibarra (Sampson); Hunter Johnson (Sampson); Amber Kennedy (Duplin); Tabitha Knott (New Hanover); Melissa Macon (Bladen); Kirstan Markovitch (Pender); Kyle McTavish (New Hanover); MacKenzie Morgan (New Hanover); Jammie Piercy (Sampson); Ricky Pope (Sampson); Tajaya Wright (Pender); Morgen Yarasheski (Sampson).

Sampson Community College President Dr. Paul Hutchins will be at the Blueberry Festival in Burgaw to congratulate the recipients and pass out their awards as part of the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

Burgaw Mayor Pete Cowan has been very supportive of the Blueberry Festivals scholarship activities and the festival itself. He said: This is the 10th year of the Blueberry Festival. This festival is one of the premier family events every year in southeastern North Carolina and provides a fantastic opportunity for entire families to enjoy. In addition to the fun to be had at the festival, Festival Coordinator Olivia Dawson added: What a lot of people dont realize is that the proceeds generated from the festival are used to provide college scholarships to students who are from Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, and Sampson counties in southeastern North Carolina where blueberries are predominantly grown.

For more information on the 2013 Blueberry Festival, please contact Olivia Dawson at 901-259-2007 or by email at info@ncblueberryfestival.com. Or, visit the website at www.ncblueberryfestival.com.
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