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Bynum Front Porch presents first of two scholarships

Posted Friday, May 1, 2009

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Bynum, N.C. - Bynum Front Porch, a non-profit community organization, will present the first of two scholarships to graduating Chatham County high school senior, Ashley Teel, on Friday, May 1 at the opening night of the Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series.

Teel, a senior at Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek, is a student in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 9-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success. The program teaches organizational and time management skills, etc.

The Bynum Front Porch Scholarship will provide Teel with $1000 towards her education. She will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall.

“I’m so grateful for the Bynum Front Scholarship. Every little bit helps,” said Teel. “I want to major in something that has to do with science and the money from the scholarship will definitely help in purchasing books.”

Teel was chosen based on her teacher recommendations and her written essay.

Throughout the past year, the Bynum Front Porch organization has held multiple fundraisers to establish the Bynum Front Porch Scholarship program. The program will provide scholarships for Teel and one other Chatham County graduating senior who will be named at a later date.

“Bynum Front Porch is a relatively young organization with deep roots in the community,” said John Winecker, Bynum Front Porch Scholarship committee member. “Our goal with the scholarship is to give back to the community that has passionately supported our efforts through the years. By creating a scholarship, we can support college bound students and encourage them to go after their dreams.”

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