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Scholarships give hope and help to students

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Scores of students received money thanks to local community organizations during scholarship nights for Nevada Union, Bear River and Ghidotti Early College high schools.

Zoeie Maddock, a Nevada Union student, will pursue engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, and received $7,500 in scholarships, some of which is renewable each year, aside from what the school’s financial aid awarded her.

Maddock was awarded a renewable $5,000 per year from Horatio Alger Association, $1,000 from Penn Valley Rotary Club and $500 from Biotechnology Corporation, where she works.

Maddock said she would have considered a two-year college had she not received the scholarship.

“It means a whole lot,” Maddock said. “Just going to college in general means a lot because no one in my family’s ever been to college. It’s really great for me not to have to spend a lot of the money myself.

“I think it’s just really nice that people are so willing to help us try to get to college,” Maddock said. “I can’t even put in words how thankful I am for these companies.”

Alex Ramsey will attend Stanford University in the fall, and the scholarships he received made the difference between being able to attend the school or not.

“He’s worked really, really hard to get there all his life,” said Ramsey’s mother, Susan Romig.

“I’m just happy to see so many scholarships available for these kids.”

Stanford has been Ramsey’s dream school, and with the scholarships and need-based financial aid the university offers, he can pursue engineering physics with a minor in music.

“I might also get into science and sociology or science and business,” Ramsey said. “Whatever I intend to do is going to be engineering-focused or business and technology. I think in going there, I’ll have a chance to hopefully be exposed to different areas I haven’t been exposed to yet.”

Though the majority of Ramsey’s financial aid was awarded by Stanford, he was grateful for the community’s assistance.

“I didn’t really want to get more than I needed and it’s not as important to me as everyone else who doesn’t have their college largely paid for,” Ramsey said. “I was really excited that I got those two scholarships, and I know the ones I didn’t get were given to other people who needed them.”

All the scholarships, including those awarded by universities, total $9,724,393 for Nevada Union, Bear River and Ghidotti Early College students, said district scholarship coordinator Barbara Ross.

“Overall, I would say that it’s very strong and very comparable to last year’s amount,” Ross said. “There are a few that are down a little bit, but overall, the award amount is incredible.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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