First Generation Scholarships Awarded to Two Standout Students
HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2012 - High Point University recently honored the dedicated work of two local high school students, Victoria Jones and Marcus Kirby, by presenting them with the university's First Generation Scholarships. Both students recently graduated from The Academy at Central, located on the campus of High Point Central High School, and will begin their education at HPU in the fall.

The First Generation Scholarships cover full tuition, fees and books and are awarded annually to Guilford County School students from the city of High Point who will be the first generation in their family to pursue a college degree. This is the third year HPU has awarded the scholarships to area high school students.

Jones was a member of the yearbook club, junior ROTC and choir at the Academy at Central. Outside of school, she is involved with local soup kitchens, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, blood drives, Operation Christmas Child and Helping Hands of High Point. Jones is excited about attending HPU because of the academic rigor of the school and the caring faculty and staff.

"I have endured so much in my life already and overcome many odds," she said. "My dream at HPU is to help others do the same."

Kirby was a member of the National Honor Society and the wrestling team at the Academy at Central. He says he plans to graduate in three years from HPU and go on to become an orthodontist or an endodontist. Kirby believes that HPU will allow him to obtain a top-notch education.

"Some would be apprehensive about being the first of a family to go to college," said Kirby. "But Martin Luther King Jr. once said that faith is about taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of "Colleges of Distinction," as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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