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Muscogee County scholars receive millions in scholarship money

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

You may have heard of National Signing Day for athletes; however, Sunday was all about the scholars.

The 4th annual National Signing Day for scholars was held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Sunday afternoon.

 

The signing day event honored students in Muscogee County who excelled in academics.

 

With the cost of a college education steadily increasing it seems almost imperative students seek some form of financial aid.

 

Nearly 200 Muscogee County seniors proudly accepted scholarships to go towards getting their college education.

 

Scholars and their proud parents celebrated all the hard work they've put in over the years and it all paid off in a big way.

 

High school seniors from both public and private schools broke an area record by accepting $15,681,195 worth of scholarship money to attend colleges all over the country.

Shaw High school senior Channaysha Thomas said she began preparing for the college in middle school.

 

"I'm thankful! This can also show other students that they should do well in school so they can have this opportunity as well."

 

Thomas plans to attend Johnson & Wales University to study business and production.

 

Key members of the Muscogee County school district shook the hands of the scholars and congratulated them on their accomplishments.

 

"The students have done excellent job gathering money for their college education. We're excited for them and their parents," said Keith Seifert, MCSD Director of Secondary Education.

 

Thomas said her parents were elated with her performance.

 

"My mom is really happy. She doesn't have to take out any loans," Thomas said.

 

This is the fourth year in a row the district has honored students.

 

"It's a great event held to recognize the academic scholar," Seifert said.

 

WTVM News Leader 9's very Own Chuck Leonard served at the Master of the ceremony.

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