Local college is a popular choice

May 10, 2013

On May 6, hundreds of students, educators and families gathered at Lambuth Inn to congratulate the best and the brightest graduating seniors with scholarships.

Through the Haywood County Schools Foundation, 117 scholarships were given to 87 students. A total of  $175,700 was awarded with the help of businesses, organizations, family memorials and other individuals who offered raised money for the scholarships.

We want to offer our congratulations to these hardworking seniors for putting in the extra effort in applying for these scholarships. With education costs increasing every year and more families struggling to make ends meet, the Partners in Education awards is the best way our community can invest in our students’ future.

Not only will that money help students further their education, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue in the right direction. We spoke to many of the scholarship recipients while taking their photo for the paper. It is apparent that they are appreciative of their award whether it was big or small.

These are students who have a plan — and realistic ones at that. An overwhelming number of seniors said they planned to attend Haywood Community College for two years and then transfer to larger schools to finish their degree.

That decision takes a lot of maturity and responsibility. Many students want to get out of their parents’ house and jump head first into college life, but these students seem to want to make the most of their money.

Seniors aren’t choosing HCC because they don’t know what they want to do with their lives.

They know they can take the same prerequisite classes at HCC for less and get two years of college under their belts before heading off to a bigger institution. That’s smart.

Good luck to all the seniors in their future endeavors. We hope your college education will pay dividends far into your future. One day you, too, may be led to give back to the community that invested in you.