Crest Middle student Earns Prestigious Scholarship

Crest Middle student Earns Prestigious Scholarship
Posted on 01/13/2020

Briana Cox pictured with various school board members

Briana Cox pictured with various school board members, school personnel, family members, and a regional scholarship representative in the Crest Middle School Little Theater.

Briana Cox, a seventh-grader at Crest Middle, was recognized among her peers as this year's winner of the Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship. Managed through the College Foundation of North Carolina, the scholarship - valued at $20,000 - is awarded to students for their achievement and potential for future success in college.

"She is a hardworking kid who makes everybody's day better," said Jeremy Shields, principal at Crest Middle.

The scholarship carries a value of $2,000 for this year and will be placed into a college savings account in North Carolina's National College Savings Program. As long as the recipient continues to achieve academic success and satisfy all other Bell Scholarship requirements, an additional $2,000 will be put in college savings for each school year, up to and including the fourth year of college. That will give a total scholarship award of $20,000 to assist the student in attending the North Carolina College or university of their choice.

"We are extremely proud of Briana as she is most deserving of this scholarship," added Shields.

Timeka Ruffin, a regional representative for College Foundation of North Carolina, presented the scholarship to Brianna during a morning assembly of students, faculty, school board members, district administrators, and Briana's family members.

Briana is the third consecutive winner from Crest Middle School following Patricia Page, the 2018-2019 recipient, and DaVonyae Tyson Pettis, the recipient in 2017-2018.

More About the Scholarship
The Foundation established the Bell Scholarship to encourage students with potential to aspire to a college education. Mr. Bell served as Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees for thirty years. This scholarship honors his vision and selfless service and will enable new generations of North Carolina students to enhance their potential and future contribution to our State.

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