Bell Atlantic Awards Education Connections Scholarship To South Harrison High Student

Bell Atlantic Awards Education Connections Scholarship To South Harrison High Student

June 4, 1997

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Harry Mitchell



CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - A South Harrison High School senior has won a
four-year scholarship from Bell Atlantic-West Virginia, Inc. as part
of its Education Connections program, which was created especially for
children of Bell Atlantic employees working in West Virginia.

Justin Michael Lawrence, son of Richard Lawrence from Lost Creek, will
receive $2,000 a year for four years toward college expenses,
according to Don Molter, Bell Atlantic area manager for north-central
West Virginia.

In addition to Lawrence, Bell Atlantic awarded Education Connections
scholarships to Robert Douglas Falck from Wheeling Park High School;
Natalie Ann Hale from Logan High School, and Kaitlin Lane Hillenbrand
from Charleston Catholic High School. Seven other students received
one-time, $500 stipends to offset college expenses.

"We're proud of these scholars' achievements, and we're pleased that
our Education Connections program will help them reach their academic
goals as they enter college," said Molter. "Bell Atlantic has a
strong record of providing support to education in West Virginia, and
Education Connections continues to be a key component in our overall
education support program. It's also one of the most gratifying for
our company and employees."

Lawrence is the valedictorian of his class of 111 at South Harrison,
with a 4.0471 cumulative grade point average. A National Honor
Society and Student Council member, Lawrence also is active in the
Good Hope 4-H Club, and he was a four-year member of the golf and
basketball teams. Lawrence received numerous awards in English, math
and science. He plans to major in bioengineering.

Criteria used in determining this year's winners included overall
grade point average [GPA], combined GPA in science, mathematics,
English and social studies; a student's academic ranking in high
school; American College Testing Program [ACT] composite scores and
leadership in extra-curricular activities. In addition, applicants
were required to write an essay about how technology will impact
graduation requirements and students' knowledge upon graduation.

Judges for this year's Education Connections program were Dr. John
Carrier, president of the West Virginia Institute of Technology in
Montgomery; Dr. Travis Kirkland, president of Southern West Virginia
Community and Technical College, and Dr. Robert Moore, president of
Bluefield State College.

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