(Wilmington, Del.) The Delaware Higher Education Commission (DHEC) has announced the recipients of five state merit scholarship programs for the 2010-11 academic year. Merit scholarships are competitive and awarded based on a student’s academic performance, participation in school activities, and service to the community.
Students can apply for Delaware merit scholarships in their senior year of high school. All five awards are renewable. Three of the programs are memorial scholarships that honor state legislators and provide full tuition, fees, room, board, and books at the public colleges in Delaware. The scholarships are:
- The B. Bradford Barnes Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former Speaker of the State House of Representatives, is awarded to one student each year enrolling at the University of Delaware. This year’s recipient is Sean Herron from the Charter School of Wilmington.
- The Herman M. Holloway, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the first African-American State Senator in Delaware, is awarded to one student each year enrolling at Delaware State University. Kelsea Stevens of Polytech High School in Woodside is the recipient of this scholarship.
- The Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former Speaker of the State House of Representatives, is awarded annually to one student at both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University majoring in the humanities or social sciences. (preference given to political science majors). Ryan Leonard of Caesar Rodney High School in Dover is the recipient of this scholarship.
The Diamond State Scholarship and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship assist students attending regionally accredited colleges in any state. Winners of the Diamond State Scholarship receive $1,250 per year while Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship recipients receive $1,500 per year (based upon funding from the U.S. Congress). For the 2010-11 academic year, 83 students were awarded Diamond State Scholarships while 20 students received the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.
A list of the winners for these awards can be found on DHEC’s website at:
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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