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Five Deserving Students Awarded Scholarships

Five area high school seniors are heading off to college this fall with some financial help from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation. These students were selected from 25 applicants vying for scholarships of up to $4,000 each for four years of school. To qualify, the students had to be college-bound high school seniors and live on Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative's lines.

The foundation earmarks scholarships for each of the public high schools in Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative’s service area – East Carteret, West Carteret, Croatan and Havelock high schools. The fifth scholarship goes to the next highest scoring applicant among all the applications submitted, including non-public schools.

This year’s winners are:

Ashley Crane, Croatan High School. She plans to attend UNC-W to major in criminal justice. She is a scholar athlete, excelling in academics, basketball and cross-country. She has a 3.83 GPA and has given her time to several charities and events.

Angelina Santoro, West Carteret High School. Angelina plans to pursue a career in business marketing. She has a 4.22 GPA. She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill to major in business marking. She has excelled in tennis and has volunteered with numerous organizations and causes, including Hurricane Florence relief.

Madison Trevino, Havelock High School. She has a 3.5 GPA and will attend Carteret Community College before transferring to UNC-Charlotte for an engineering degree. She was named Junior Firefighter of the Year for 2017 in Craven County after joining Township 6 Fire Department in 2017.

Jonathan Merrill, East Carteret. He plans to study music education and performance at Mount Olive University. He is an accomplished musician, singer and actor. He has a 3.35 GPA and has given back to his community in many ways, including debris cleanup and feeding linemen restoring power after Hurricane Florence.

Raine Greene, West Carteret High School. Raine will attend Peace College in the fall to major in chemistry and pre-med. She is 37th in her class with a 4.125 GPA. She, too, is a scholar-athlete, playing soccer and tennis in high school and working out at the gym every day.

The funds for this and other grants are generated by members who voluntarily round up (Operation RoundUP) their electric bill each month to the nearest dollar. The foundation board, which is made up of co-op members, manages the funds. For the four-year scholarship alone, the board has granted more $400,000 to help 100 students attend college since 2000.

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