Recent graduates of Loudoun County public high schools collectively earned an impressive $58.5 million in scholarships, according to totals released by the school division.
That’s an increase over last year’s total of $54.77 million, but still falls short of the class of 2016, which earned $59.5 million in scholarships.
Countywide, 15 public high schools graduated a total of 5,658 students. Of those graduates, 2,007 earned some type of scholarship or grant to further their education. Nearly 66 percent of the graduates, or 3,729 students, plan to attend a four-year college; 1,210 are going to a two-year college; and 126 are enrolling in other continuing education opportunities. Just more than 100 graduates have enlisted in the military, 179 are going directly into the work force, and 312 marked “other” on their senior surveys.
At Tuscarora High School’s commencement ceremony June 11, Principal Pamela Croft commended the school’s class of 2018 for earning enough scholarship money to break a school record.
“The academic excellence that you display in the classroom is evident by the $7.2 million in total scholarships that various institutions and organization have offered you as recognition for your hard work,” she said. “That is the highest total that any class has earned since Tuscarora opened in 2010. Well done.”