More than $200 Million Awarded In Scholarships To Whitehaven H.S. Seniors

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It’s graduation season and Saturday Whitehaven High School held its ceremony. 

More than $200 million in scholarships were awarded to graduates there.  Hundreds of people walked across the stage finally getting their diplomas. 

Earlier this week, we introduced you to three graduates of Whitehaven High School who received more than $30 million worth of college scholarships and Local 24 News learned roughly 300 students out of a graduating class of 400 walked across that stage with scholarship money.

“They have 76 Tigers that have at least a million dollars so that’s amazing in itself so we’re just excited to hear what the end total is going to be,” said Jackie Woods, proud parent of graduate Jayla Woods. 

Senior Chelsea Haywood walked away with more than $200 thousand dollars in scholarships. 

“It was a lot of long nights, staying up, omg. Overnight, after no sleep going to school turning in essays. It was really, really hard work but it was all worth it in the end. I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Chelsea Haywood, Whitehaven H.S. Graduate. 

And for many families, Saturday’s ceremony served as an inspiration. 

 “I didn’t get the opportunity to walk across the stage. I did graduate with my GED so I’m just proud of him because now days it’s hard for children to even get through the 12th grade,” said Brenda Campbell, whose nephew graduated Saturday. 

300 students walked across the stage with scholarships totaling more than $200 million. 

“It is an awesome feeling. Best day ever. I tell you, ever since birth to now, it’s just the same feeling all over again and it’s been phenomenal to be parents of Megan and she has made parenting just a piece of cake,” said Jackie Latiker, proud parent of graduate Meaghen Jones. 

Some words of advice for younger students, 

“Study!  You gotta stay on top of your game, senior year wasn’t no joke,” said graduate Te’Kara Booker. 

This year Whitehaven High School’s goal for college scholarships was $135 million. The school surpassed that goal with more than $200 awarded in scholarships. 

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