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Big scholarships for two Hillsborough students



TAMPA — A senior at Plant High School and a junior at Jefferson High School have been awarded college scholarships valued at $250,000 apiece, the Hillsborough County school district announced Monday.

The awards, based on academics, leadership skills and community commitment, came from the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund at the University of Pennsylvania. The students were nominated by the Council for Educational Change.

Isabelle Morris has a 5.2 grade point average and is a concert master in the orchestra and a member of the rowing team affiliated with Plant. She plans to study cognitive psychology.

Sean Vennett is student government vice president at Jefferson, with a 5.1 grade point average, and a member of the Town and Country Youth Council. He’s working to become an Eagle Scout and plans to study cancer research.

Ten of these scholarships were given nationwide. Of them, two more recipients were from Florida: Isabelle Tersio of Boca Raton Community High School in Palm Beach County, and Payton Kaar or Northeast High School in Broward County.

The Annenberg fund also gave a $50,000 grant to Tampa’s Lockhart Elementary Magnet School to help the students use e=readers.

[Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 8:33pm]


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