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Local students selected for national foundation scholarships

Published on -6/15/2014, 11:46 AM

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Two area students who were nominated by Nex-Tech for the 2014 Foundation for Rural Education and Development scholarship program have been selected as recipients. Nex-Tech announces Brooke Schmidt and MaKayla Reed as two of this year's award winners.

Brooke is a 2014 graduate of Victoria High School. FRED awarded her a $1,500 scholarship towards a nursing degree at Wichita State University this fall. Brooke is the daughter of Robert and Melissa Schmidt of Victoria.

MaKayla is a 2014 graduate of Stockton High School. FRED selected her for a $1,000 scholarship towards an undergraduate study in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Kansas. MaKayla is the daughter of David and Karen Reed of Stockton.

FRED is a national charitable foundation located in Washington founded in 1989. The foundation's scholarship awards are based on merit and demonstrated commitment to rural life. For 2014, the FRED scholarship committee selected 54 students from rural areas throughout the United States, with awards totaling $75,000. Overall, the foundation has distributed more than $1.27 million in rural scholarships, since its inception.

"We are thrilled to award these prestigious scholarships to Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Reed. These students were selected among an outstanding group of young people to represent 'the best of the best,'" said FRED Executive Director Melissa Korzuch. "FRED aims to assist students with high potential for success and a strong desire to return to a rural community upon graduation. We were overwhelmed by the remarkable credentials of the applicants. Each of this year's FRED scholars is very intelligent and exceedingly active in their community. We hope they all will someday return to their hometowns to contribute to the community that clearly gave them an admirable, productive start in life."

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