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Two Jordan-Matthews seniors win Morehead-Cain scholarships

Posted Monday, March 9, 2009

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Siler City, NC - Two Jordan-Matthews seniors, Oswaldo Contreras and Sarah Johnson, have been awarded the Morehead-Cain Scholarship for undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jordan-Matthews seniors, Oswaldo Contreras and Sarah Johnson

"We are elated that Oswaldo and Sarah have earned this prestigious honor. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is one of the most coveted scholarships in the nation and for Jordan-Matthews to have two recipients in the same year is phenomenal. I cannot say enough about the hard work both students and our staff have done to get to this moment. These two young people are a tribute to their families and our school. We celebrate this accomplishment with them and look forward to the contributions they will make to society in the future," said Norma Boone, Principal of Jordan-Matthews.

The Morehead-Cain Foundation awards the scholarship to outstanding students on the basis of leadership, scholarship, moral force of character and physical vigor. Each is a full scholarship that includes an annual stipend that covers full tuition and all other normal expenses, including student fees, housing, meals, books, supplies, travel, and miscellaneous. Morehead-Cain scholars also receive a laptop computer as a freshman. The total value of the scholarship over the four years is approximately $80,000 for in-state residents. A summer enrichment program and Discovery Fund grants are additional opportunities in the Morehead-Cain experience.

On February 28, Contreras and Johnson were among 140 finalists from the United States and other nations who came to Chapel Hill to participate in the final selection weekend. From those individuals, approximately seventy individuals were extended scholarship offers on Wednesday afternoon, March 4.

Contreras plans to study environmental engineering. He is the son of Oswaldo Contreras and Delmi Bonilla Contreras.

Johnson hopes to major in international relations. She is the daughter of Raymond and Donna Johnson.

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