Laurel Hill School student receives $1,000 scholarship

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John Cunningham, 18, stands in front of his truck at Farm World in Laurel Hill, where he works part-time after school. The city of Laurel Hill has awarded him a $1,000 scholarship.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 07:28 PM.

LAUREL HILL — A high school senior has one less thing to worry about as college approaches.

John Cunningham, 18, said the city’s $1,000 scholarship — awarded last week to him — can help with some of his expected bills.

"It’s going to cost a lot,” Cunningham said of higher education. “I already have a Take Stock in Children scholarship, which is a four-year scholarship ... it basically covers tuition."

Laurel Hill’s scholarship will help offset the costs of books and gas while he attends classes at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville campus.

Cunningham has accumulated 28 college credit hours through dual enrollment while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average at the school.  

The City Council awarded the scholarship May 2 after reviewing the top three candidates suggested by a committee comprising Mayor Robby Adams, City Clerk Anita Miller, resident Harold Jones and Laurel Hill school guidance counselor Carla Strickland.

Cunningham plans to continue his education at Florida A&M University’s Crestview pharmacy school.

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