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Newton County School System’s (NCSS) graduating class of 2015 has been a very successful one, when you consider that collectively, this year’s seniors have raked in approximately $9 million in scholarship offers to date. These include academic, athletic, military, merit-based and local scholarship offers. What’s amazing is what this total does not include, namely the millions of additional dollars Newton County’s graduating seniors have earned through the HOPE Scholarship program.

According to Alcovy High School principal, Dr. Sandra Owens, seniors at her school have been offered approximately $2.1 million in scholarships. The 395 Alcovy graduating seniors have been accepted to 50 different colleges and universities across the United States.

Principal Jeff Cher of Eastside High School said his graduating class has been offered almost $1.5 million in scholarships this year. In addition, Eastside’s 271 seniors have been accepted to 52 different colleges and universities.

And Newton High School seniors have also had a very successful year, with their graduating class accumulating over $5.4 million in scholarship offers to date. Newton’s 457 graduates have been accepted to 86 different colleges and universities.

Totals from all three high schools are expected to increase throughout the week as more and more colleges and universities release their scholarship letters to students.

“I am very proud of our graduating class,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “To secure over $9 million in scholarship offers is an outstanding reflection of the hard work our students have put forth over the past 12 years of school.  I wish each and every one of our graduates the very best in all of their future endeavors. We expect great things from the NCSS Class of 2015!”