Ten Eastern Carolina students are heading off to college this fall with some extra cash to go toward their educations.
On Thursday afternoon at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, the students were recognized at an awards reception. Five of them received Ronald McDonald House Charities scholarships, for $1,000 each, based on leadership skills, academic success, and other factors.
Five more students, who are also McDonald's employees, received Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award Scholarships, also for $1,000 each. McDonald's Owner/Operator Hugh Caison says they also make an effort to help students with financial issues.
"There are a lot of kids that are going to some really good schools, and because we're able to provide some financial assistance, this scholarship obviously helps those kids that aren't quite as fortunate," Caison said.
These scholarships have been offered since 1985, and Caison says over the years, they have awarded over $40 million to students.
2014 Local Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholars:
Aryona Carpenter, Swansboro
Danielle Clark, Chocowinity
Sara Modlin, Jamesville
Morgan Newell, Greenville
Nina Vukicevic, New Bern
2014 Ray Kroc Scholarship Recipients:
Adan Avila, Randleman
Dalaney Daggett, Havelock
TaLeesa Fisher, New Bern
Robynique Willis-Brown, Greenville
Henry Woods III, Greenville