Seventeen high school students across the state have been awarded the prestigious Aubrey Lee Brooks scholarship, including several students in Orange, Person, and Caswell counties. 

This scholarship provides $12,000 for each recipient for the 2018-19 academic year at either North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Out of 300 applicants in 14 eligible counties, a total of $48,000 was awarded. Three area students were among those selected:

Cecelia Mathis of Efland in Orange County, a graduate of Cedar Ridge High School, was selected and will attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jade Pendleton of Timberlake in Person County, a graduate of Roxboro Community School, was awarded the scholarship and will attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

Rachel Barnwell of Prospect Hill in Caswell County, a graduate of Bartlett Yancey High School, was named a recipient and will attend UNC-Greensboro. 

The application process, rigorous and competitive, included interviews by a county committee and a final selection by a committee of faculty and staff from each of the three universities. 

In addition to the scholarship funds for the 2018-19 school year, the annual scholarship can be “renewed for a period of three academic years,” the Aubrey Lee Brooks Foundation said in a release. The scholarship comes with the potential for extra funding to be awarded to current scholarship recipients for education opportunities such as studying abroad, internships, and research fellows. 

This annual scholarship dates back to the mid 1950s and carries the legacy of Aubrey Lee Brooks, a Person County native and prominent Greensboro attorney, who died in 1958. 

Students are selected based on Brooks’ qualifications on a range of characteristics that make up a student: “academic standing, character, leadership, financial need, and the will of the recipient to help himself or herself prepare for a career as a useful and informed citizen.” 

First awarded in 1956, this year marks the 62th annual scholarship awarding.