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Wakefield Senior Earns Merit Scholarship to North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has selected Wakefield High School senior Cambria White to receive the Cheatham-White Merit Scholarship award. White was one of 21 students named by NCCU as part of the cohort of incoming Cheatham-White Merit Scholars to receive a state-funded merit scholarship award.

White is an active member of the STEM and Interact clubs and plans to major in environmental and geospatial sciences.

Established in 2017, the Cheatham-White Merit Scholarship Program was funded with $3.2 million authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly to create four-year scholarships at NCCU and North Carolina A&T State University. The awards cover tuition, room and board, student fees, books, a laptop computer, supplies and personal expenses, including four summer experiences that could include international studies. The cohort’s average academic profile is: 4.34 GPA, 1347 SAT and/or 29 ACT.

The scholarships are named for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, both African-Americans from North Carolina who served in Congress in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Scholars for fall 2019 include 12 students from North Carolina, three students from Virginia, two students from Maryland, and one student each from Washington, D.C., Arkansas and Georgia.