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State awards more than $168,000 in merit scholarships

The Delaware Department of Education has announced the recipients of four state merit scholarship programs for the 2015-16 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 may apply for Delaware merit scholarships in their senior year of high school. All four 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. Those 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 full-time at the University of Delaware. Alec Tran of Conrad Schools of Science in the Red Clay Consolidated School District is the recipient of the B. Bradford Barnes Memorial Scholarship.

 ·        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 full-time at Delaware State University. Fatima Edwards of POLYTECH High School in the POLYTECH School District received the Herman M. Holloway, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

 ·        The Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the former Speaker of the State House of Representatives, is awarded annually to one full-time student at the University of Delaware and one full-time student at Delaware State University who are majoring in the humanities or social sciences. (Preference is given to political science majors.) Randy Short of Sussex Central High School in the Indian River School District is the recipient of the Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship at University of Delaware.

 ·        The Diamond State Scholarship assists full-time students attending regionally accredited, nonprofit colleges in any state. Winners of the Diamond State Scholarship receive $1,250 per year. For the 2015-16 academic year, 75 students were awarded Diamond State Scholarships. They are listed below by high school:

Appoquinimink High School

Richard Bai


Stephanie Perez


David Woodside

Aquinas Academy

Catherine Redfield

Archmere Academy

Alana Bradley


Justin Freck

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc.

Kevin Hill

Brandywine High School

Sarah Hanley

Caesar Rodney High School

Jessica Leczner


Brandon Smith


Daniel Szczechura


Leanne Voshell


Abigail Wearden


Conner Zaia

Calloway (Cab) School of the Arts

Emma Driban

Cape Henlopen High School

Coryn Cannon


Mariko Daisey


Benjamin Emery


Aubrey Inkster

Caravel Academy

Jessica Emmons

Charter School of Wilmington

William Barndt


Joseph Buxton


Kellie Carlson


Dominic Cicconi


Jaime McAdams


Abhinav  Nigam


Nigarm Abhinav


Christina  Stiebris

Concord High School

Rachel Bailey


John Leahan

Conrad Schools of Science

Derek Bischoff


Andrew Dorazio


Adam Tran

Delaware Military Academy

Megan lanz

Dickinson (John) High School

Habibullah Aslam

duPont (Alexis I.) High School

Hyung Hahn

Ennis (Howard T.) School

Amanda Gonzalez

Indian River High School

Sarah Buchler


Gretchen Daehn

Lake Forest High School

Taylor Coleman


Julia Joyce

Mount Pleasant High School

Tristan  Leung


Sama Tima

Mt. Sofia Academy

Kaysa Lammers

Newark High School

Brandon Holveck


Erin Jones


Lauren A Nicol

Padua Academy

Olivia Ellis


Chloe Mortenson

Penn (William) High School

Khiara MacElree

POLYTECH High School

Jennifer Briody


Arlene Maheu


Colleen Obrien


Mark Seda

Salesianum School

Adam Barbato


Jason Barbato


Kevin Williams

Sanford School

Susannah Halligan


Bria Manlove

Smyrna High School

Haley Lloyd

St. Elizabeth's High School

Melissa Vila

St. Georges Technical High School

Mark Meloni


Nicole Raniszewski


Nicholas Trieu

St. Mark's High School

Christopher Blackwell


Patrick Hoffman


Andrea Ludman


Randy Mitchell

St. Thomas More Academy

Marius Sander

Sussex Central High School

Justin Mears


Randy Short

Sussex Technical High School

Amanda Kucharzyk


Garrett LaCurts

Tome School

Graham Smith

Ursuline Academy

Aria Diliberto


Alison May
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