Tallapoosa County schools and Benjamin Russell Class of 2019 graduates received more than $7 million in scholarships and awards respectively.
Tallapoosa County schools students racked up more than $1.52 million in scholarships total. According to Tallapoosa County Schools director of student services and community and public relations spokesperson Casey Davis, Reeltown’s 61 seniors received $228,000 in scholarships and awards; Horseshoe Bend’s 67 graduates about $400,000; and Dadeville’s 101 graduates more than $900,000.
Benjamin Russell’s 184 graduates received about $5.6 million in scholarships and awards, according to guidance counselor Richard Burton. Of the 184 graduates, 128 received one or more scholarships, Burton said.
Benjamin Russell graduates received 42 scholarships from colleges and universities and 35 scholarships from businesses, clubs and organizations.
“Personally I feel like it goes back to the saying that hard work does pay off,” Burton said. “It’s a testament to how hard this class has worked to achieve what they have.”
Benjamin Russell classes usually average about $5 million, according to Burton.