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on June 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM
MADISON, Alabama -- Graduating seniors at Madison's two high schools topped themselves last month when about 55 percent of those graduates walked across the stage with scholarships in hand.
Between the schools, graduates received offers of more than $35 million in scholarships, said John Peck, public relations manager for the school system. They accepted about $16 million of the funds, or an average of about $35,000 per student.
A total of 454 out of 830 graduates at Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools got offers, Peck said. The percentage of students earning scholarships sets a new record for the district, which last year saw about 50 percent of its graduates earn scholarships.
"At Bob Jones alone, we had 983 scholarships for a total of $28.67 million offered, but only $12.2 (million) accepted," Peck said.
Bob Jones reported 338 out of its 578 graduates, or almost 59 percent, getting offers, Peck said. That is a fairly steep jump from 51 percent in 2013.
In just its second year of existence, James Clemens saw 116 (46 percent) of its 252 graduates receive scholarship offers, up from 36 percent in 2013. James Clemens also had more than three times the students this year than it had in its inaugural year.
"It is important to note that the numbers at James Clemens were impacted by the final year of a high school zoning waiver," Peck said. "Students who were attending Bob Jones when James Clemens opened were given the option of staying there through their senior year. Some of this year's scholarship recipients at Bob Jones actually reside in the James Clemens school zone."
Superintendent Dee Fowler said the new scholarship record reflects the students' hard work and the commitment by the school district to provide them with rigorous academic and career preparatory curriculum.
"The courses we offer and the instruction we deliver are intentionally crafted as part of our strategic plan to ensure that every student will graduate successfully prepared for college and careers," Fowler said in a statement.
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