4 Hunt High grads earn Owens teaching scholarships

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Four graduates from Hunt High School have been awarded four-year, $28,000 Owens Scholarships through Wilson County Schools.

Logan Hinnant, Haley Johnson, Hope Nguyen and Christian Phaby will attend the colleges of their choice and return to teach in Wilson County Schools to teach.

The scholarship recipients had to express an interest in teaching and complete an application and interview process.

Owens scholars are chosen by a committee that includes all Wilson County public high school principals. Selection is based on achievements in academics, leadership, character and community service.

Owens Scholarship recipients are asked to attend a college within the University of North Carolina system, or they can attend Barton College or the transfer program at Wilson Community College. Scholarship recipients must maintain certain GPA requirements in college in order for the scholarship to be renewed. To satisfy the loan, they must teach a minimum of four years for Wilson County Schools or reimburse the scholarship fund for any portion not repaid by service as a teacher.

The scholarship program began in 1998 when Alfred “Pee Wee” and Myrtle Owens created a private trust prior to their deaths. Since then, Wilson County Schools has awarded 129 Owens Scholarships, including the four awarded this year.

Logan Hinnant, daughter of William and Janna Hinnant, will attend Barton College. Haley Johnson, daughter of John and Tammy Johnson, will attend UNC-Charlotte. Hope Nguyen, daughter of Trinhan and Teresa Nguyen, will attend East Carolina University. Christian Phaby, son of Christopher and Cindy Phaby, will attend Barton College.