RICHMOND - Paying for college just got easier for 19 children of Verizon employees in Virginia who have earned college scholarships from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications.
Each student will receive $5,000 annually toward his or her college expenses and is eligible to receive a maximum award of $20,000 throughout four years of college. The 19 students across Virginia will receive up to $380,000 worth of scholarships for four years of college.
This year's recipients are:
- Elijah Ammen of Roanoke, home schooled and son of employee David Ammen, who plans to attend Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.
- Kendall Barlow of Ruther Glen, a graduate of Caroline High School and daughter of employee Jeffrey Barlow, who plans to attend Barton College in Wilson, N.C.
- Katrina Earley of Virginia Beach, a graduate of Floyd E. Kellam High School and daughter of employee Darla Earley, who plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Kate Foco of Midlothian, a graduate of Midlothian High School and daughter of employee Wayne Foco, who plans to attend North Carolina State University.
- Kayla Freeman of Pulaski, a graduate of Pulaski County High School and daughter of employee Kimberly Lawson, who plans to attend the University of Tennessee.
- Hannah Harris of Midlothian, a graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School and daughter of Jane Harris, who plans to attend the University of Virginia.
- Ronald Harrison of Richmond, a graduate of Highland Springs High School and son of employee Pinkie Farrar, who plans to attend the University of Delaware.
- Stephen Hawkins of Forest, a graduate of Jefferson Forest High School and son of employee David Hawkins, who plans to attend Virginia Tech.
- Devyn Hunter of Herndon, a graduate of Herndon High School and daughter of employee David Hunter, who plans to attend James Madison University.
- Ashley Kern of Chester, a graduate of Thomas Dale High School and daughter of employee Larry Yeary, who plans to attend Liberty University.
- Brenna Klein of Middletown, a graduate of Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy and daughter of employee Casey Klein, who plans to attend King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
- Elizabeth Kurland of Virginia Beach, a graduate of Floyd E. Kellam High School and daughter of employee Philip Kurland, who plans to attend the University of Virginia.
- Chul Joong Oh of Centreville, a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy and son of employee Pilhoon Oh, who plans to attend Georgia Tech.
- Joseph Ruhl of Fincastle, home schooled and son of employee George Ruhl, who plans to attend Christendom College in Front Royal.
- Farihah Saleem of Centreville, a graduate of Westfield High School and daughter of employee Mohammad Saleem, who plans to attend Virginia Tech.
- Michael Shrewsbury of Midlothian, a graduate of Midlothian High School and son of Roger Shrewsbury, who plans to attend Southern Virginia University.
- Krystle Stevens of Hampton, a graduate of Bethel High School and daughter of employee Willie Murray, who plans to attend Old Dominion University.
- Andrew Vo of Herndon, a graduate of Westfield High School and son of employee George Vo, who plans to attend the University of Virginia.
- Casey Welch of Virginia Beach, a graduate of Kempsville High School and daughter of employee Bessie Welch, who plans to attend The George Washington University.
Verizon's scholarship program selects recipients based on financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular activities. The scholarships are for high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited four-year institution.
Since 2001, more than 1,800 students from across the country have benefited from the scholarship program, which has invested more than $27.7 million toward the college education of children and dependents of Verizon employees. For the 2007-2008 academic year, the Verizon Foundation will invest approximately $4.8 million toward the education of 957 Verizon scholars, including 250 freshman and 707 upperclassmen.
"Our commitment to developing a skilled work force for the 21st century begins at home, with the children of our employees," said Robert W. Woltz Jr., president of Verizon Virginia. "Verizon proudly supports these students because we realize that an investment in their education is an investment in our future."
The Verizon Foundation awards the scholarships in partnership with Scholarship America, the nation's largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization, which was founded in 1958.
A list of Verizon scholars is available on the Verizon Foundation Web site, at www.verizon.com/foundation.
The Verizon Foundation is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education; fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence; and promoting the use of technology in health-care delivery. In 2006, the foundation awarded more than $69 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched charitable donations from Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $29 million in combined contributions. Under the foundation's Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation's largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees have also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 60.7 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.