COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System has announced that this school year's graduating seniors have been offered more than $11 million in scholarships to date.
Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools are reporting that graduates in the Class of 2011 have been offered $11,452,593 so far in scholarships, not including the HOPE scholarship, which is calculated separately. Totals include academic, athletic, military, merit-based and local offers.
Some students who received offers were recognized at their Honors Night programs at their high schools during the month of May, and other offers continue to come in daily and throughout the summer, school counselors said.
To date, Alcovy High School's offers total $1,364,088; Eastside High's total $1,717,102; and Newton High's total $8,371,403.
Alcovy High School
Alcovy High School's 356 graduates earned academic, athletic and merit scholarships this year.
At Alcovy, 54 different colleges and universities from 12 different states contributed to this year's class total, according to school Principal LaQuanda Carpenter.
Local agencies from the Newton County community provided more than $16,000 in scholarships to some of the graduates at Alcovy.
Eastside High School
Eastside High School's 299 graduates have earned local scholarships, scholarships to colleges and universities, athletic scholarships and military scholarships this year.
The 2011 valedictorian Kim Waters and salutatorian Melissa Greer were offered scholarships to the University of Georgia. Waters plans to attend the University of Richmond in the fall, while Greer will attend UGA.
Local scholarships included those from the Chase Cain Memorial Foundation, Snapping Shoals EMC, Newton Medical Center, the Newton County Arts Association and service organizations like the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions clubs of Covington.
Graduates Chris Waters and Leah Smith were offered military scholarships -- Waters from the ROTC Air Force and Smith to West Point and the Air Force Academy, the first appointment to the academy in more than 10 years for Eastside, according to school Principal Dennis Roddenberry.
Newton High School
Newton High School's 432 graduates have earned scholarships for academics, band, athletics and the military.
Fourteen students earned band scholarships up to $200,000, and eight students earned athletic scholarships between $14,000 and more than $1.5 million.
Other academic scholarships were between $500 and more than $400,000 each.
Graduate Jamal Green was offered a $375,000 scholarship to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.