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WEMCHS Senior Earns Cheatham-White Scholarship

Recent Wayne Early/Middle College High School (WEMCHS) graduate, Kamar Brown, no longer has to worry about how he is going to pay for college. Thanks to the Cheatham-White Scholarship, he will be able to earn a college degree in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University at no cost to him or his family. 

The Cheatham-White Scholarship program is a prestigious undergraduate merit scholarship program established by the North Carolina General Assembly. Each recipient is awarded a fully funded four-year scholarship to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or North Carolina Central University. The scholarship, available to up to 20 incoming freshman at each university, covers the cost of full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel, and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.

“For me, it means I can fully explore all of my passions and get the most experiences out of college without worrying whether my family can afford it,” states Mr. Brown. “It really took a lot of pressure off me. I also recognize that this scholarship comes with a lot of responsibility, and I want to make the most of what I’ve been given.”

Representatives of the Goldsboro/Wayne Alumni Association of North Carolina A&T University recently traveled to WEMCHS to congratulate Mr. Brown on his achievement. His principal says he is a hard worker and is proud of what he has accomplished while at WEMCHS.

“Kamar has a personality that exudes positivity and good will,” states Freda Allen, WEMCHS principal. “He is kind, caring, polite and friendly.  He is playful, but quite serious about his academics. His goal at WEMCHS was to get the most of this learning experience and he did exactly what he set out to do.” 

Candidates for Cheatham-White Scholarships are selected on the basis of academic merit, honorable character, outstanding leadership potential, and a demonstrated commitment to service. Eligible students must also have a Minimum 4.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale cumulative GPA, a minimum 1280 (new)/1200 (old) SAT or 28 ACT, show exceptional qualities of character and leadership, be significantly involved in extracurricular activities, and demonstrate a strong commitment to service.

“Mr. Brown served as Chief Marshal of his junior class and this year as Vice-President of the Student Council Association,” adds Ms. Allen. I have had the pleasure of watching him grow in leadership and service to the school.  The entire WEMCHS family is extremely proud of Kamar and is honored to claim him as a Mustang.”

This is the second year that Cheatham-White Scholarships have been awarded. The merit-based scholarships are named in honor of Henry Cheatham and George White, African Americans who represented North Carolina in Congress around the turn of the 20th century. Cheatham, an educator who founded an orphanage for black children, won election in 1890 and 1892. White, an attorney who studied at Howard University, won the same 2nd District seat in 1896 and 1898.

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