Rome High’s Jaaie Varshney is now a University of Georgia Foundation Fellow, which is the highest academic opportunity the university offers. “Being named as a Foundation Fellow was a very selective scholarship and I fell like it acknowledges all of the hard work I’ve put in while in high school,” Varshney said. “I was leaning heavily on UGA as a college choice, so getting this scholarship is an added bonus.” Applicants nationwide applied for the Foundation Fellow Scholarship totaling 1200 students. From this large pool of students, 56 were chosen to spend the weekend of February 24 in Athens attending seminars and completing interviews as part of the competition. From the 56 applicants, 28 received an offer to become Foundation Fellows. Varshney will major in biochemistry with a minor in geography. She hopes to work in the medical field so her classes will follow the pre-medical track. Todd Ollis, STAR Student Varshney’s choice for STAR Teacher, said he is fortunate as an educator to watch her growth. “This opportunity she has been given is not too big for her. She has worked hard, she deserves it and she is going to do wonderful things at UGA,” says Ollis.
From Darlington: The following scholarships were reported to the College Guidance Office between March 2 and April 4:
Pat Chimtanoo has earned a $60,000 Provost’s Scholarship from Pat Bentley University. She is the daughter of Bongkot Chimtanoo of Thailand.
Caroline Cordell has earned a $55,200 Academic Scholarship and a $4,000 Legacy Scholarship from Samford University. She is the daughter of Beth and Lindsey Cordell of Rome.
Emily Edwards has earned a $100,000 Bell Tower Scholarship from Furman University and a $104,000 Distinguished Scholars Award from Tulane University. She is the daughter of Nancy and Clay Edwards of Rome.
Grace Hurley has earned a $32,000 Spirit of Auburn Founder’s Scholarship from Auburn University. She is the daughter of Jamie and Barry Hurley of Ft. Payne, Ala., and Jody Hurley of Rome.
Pierce Monroe has earned an $88,000 Quintard Award from Sewanee: The University of the South, an $80,000 Bell Tower Scholarship from Furman University, a $68,000 Rhodes Award Scholarship from Rhodes College, a $59,600 Academic Scholarship from Samford University, and an $8,000 Leadership Scholarship, also from Samford. He is the son of Amy and Rob Monroe of Cedartown, Ga.
Long Nguyen has earned a $100,000 Academic Scholarship from Wagner College, a $60,000 Honors Scholarship from Pace University, a $21,200 Honors Opportunity Scholarship from Pace University, a $60,000 Merit Scholarship from The New School, and an $80,000 President’s Scholarship from Occidental College. He is the son of Lan Nguyen and Ha Ho of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Anna Kate Roberts earned an $84,000 Trustee Scholarship from University of San Diego, a $120,000 Presidential Scholarship from Chapman University, a $100,000 Scholar Award from University of San Francisco, a $78,000 Arrupe Scholarship from Loyola Marymount University, and a $72,000 Faculty Scholarship from Texas Christian University. She is the daughter of Scarlet and David Roberts of Rome.
Caroline Temples has earned a $72,000 Academic Scholarship from Mercer University, a $16,000 Presidential Scholarship from Flagler College, a $7,600 Academic Excellence Scholarship from University of Mississippi, and an $8,000 Excellence Non-Resident Scholarship from University of Mississippi. She is the daughter of Mandy and Don Temples of Cartersville, Ga.
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Unity Christian School hosted its annual fundraising event on April 2 at The Forum. This year’s event was a benefit dinner featuring speaker Ben Watson (left) where nearly 500 guests from Rome and the surrounding areas joined to celebrate the school’s 20-year anniversary and support the mission and vision of UCS. More than 50 tables were sponsored for the evening’s event as students, families, friends, and the community were invited to commemorate this milestone and momentous occasion for the school. The featured speaker, Ben Watson, recently committed to play right end for the New Orleans Saints. Watson was a recent nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, in which he was one of three finalists. Watson delivered a message that focused on the importance of establishing intentional relationships, understanding the systems of racial injustice across the country, and understanding what Christ-like unity truly is. Guests had the opportunity to fellowship with Watson during a VIP meet and greet time prior to the dinner beginning. Georgia Bulldog running back, Nick Chubb, along with New England Patriots center, David Andrews, were among the hundreds of guests present at the event.