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Rockdale school superintendent to offer scholarship for second year

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Samuel King will be able to offer a special scholarship again this school year for a deserving student.

As part of his award for being named the 2011 Georgia Superintendent of the Year last year, King was able to present a $1,000 scholarship to a Rockdale County senior who demonstrated his commitment to achievement and intended to continue his education at a college or technical school after graduation.

This year, King will be able to do the same with the support of the Academic Booster Club.

The Academic Booster Club is a fundraising account that supports recognition programs like Teacher of the Year and the retiree reception, academic fairs and other special events and programs.

"I am thrilled to be able to offer a scholarship again this year to a deserving senior who is continuing his or her education after graduation," King said. "We are grateful for donations to the Academic Booster Club which will support this scholarship. I wish we could do more and for more students, particularly during such difficult economic times. Finances shouldn't be a limiting factor for students, especially when there is a desire to seek a degree or technical certificate to enhance opportunities for their future."

To apply, a student must be a 2012 graduate in a Rockdale County public school, possess an overall 2.5 grade-point average or higher, have been admitted to a college or technical school for the 2012-13 school year and not have received more than $2,500 in scholarships from other sources.

The scholarship will be awarded by a random drawing of applicants who meet the criteria. The scholarship winner will be announced during graduation.

King presented Salem High School's Gabriella Williams with the scholarship at last year's graduation ceremony.

Students can obtain a one-page application at their school or on the RCPS website, www.rockdale.k12.ga.us. It must be returned to their school counselor no later than Wednesday to be included in the drawing.