Although only in the seventh grade, Rayven Towns knows what she wants to do – go to college and earn the degrees required to be a veterinarian. After the announcement made Wednesday in front of her E.B. Frink Middle School classmates, she has a better idea of how she can reach that goal.
Rayven is one of 10 seventh-graders in the state to win a Victor Bell Scholarship award from the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a scholarship with a potential value of $20,000. She is the third LCPS student in the past three years to receive the scholarship, which has been presented for 10 years.
CFNC will place $2,000 a year into an account that Rayven can access when she enrolls in a college in North Carolina. By the time she graduates from high school, she will have $12,000 in her college account.
“This scholarship, awarded to seventh grade students and renewable for every year they’re in college up to four years as long as they meet the eligibility requirements through high school and through the years of college, is here to encourage and assist those students in making their dream of going to college possible,” Amy Denton of CFNC said in announcing Rayven’s selection to other Frink seventh graders in the school’s media center.
Rayven was nominated for the award by Frink counselor April Daw and chosen at random from about 150 other academically qualified nominees.
“Rayven is an outgoing student,” Daw said. “She makes very good grades and strives to do her best in class. Her qualifications for getting this award were just outstanding.”
On hand for the announcement and presentation of a certificate signifying Rayven’s achievement were her grandmother, Sandra Jones, and Frink principal Elizabeth Pendleton.
“She is a great student,” Jones said. “She is very smart and loves to learn.”
Rayven expressed some relief – a scholarship “takes the pressure off” of meeting the financial obligations of college, she said – and much surprise at being named a Victor Bell winner. Still, she acknowledged her selection was justified. “I work hard,” she said.
The scholarship’s namesake was a Raleigh banker and long-time chair of the CFNC’s board of trustees. Rochelle Middle School has produced the past two winners of the scholarship in Lenoir County.
In the photo below, Rayven displays the certificate that recognizes her selection as a winner of the Victor Bell Scholarship from the College Foundation of North Carolina with, from left, principal Elizabeth Pendleton, Amy Denton of the College Foundation, Rayven’s grandmother Sandra Jones and Frink school counselor April Daw.
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