Student Earns More Than $20,000 From 13 Scholarships To Pursue U.Va.
August 26, 1999 -- Christopher Spillman, a
Virginia Beach resident who enters the University
of Virginia this fall, has found that writing well pays off.
writing essays and applying for scholarships, he has been awarded
a total of $20,250 from 13 varied sources to be used for his higher
1999 graduate of Frank
W. Cox High School who lives in a single-parent family, Spillman
says he was determined to contribute substantially to his tuition,
books, room and board at U.Va. Between November and May of his senior
year in high school, he applied for 45 scholarships. For the applications
he wrote essays describing himself, his need for financial assistance
and his educational and career goals.
such continuous efforts to secure scholarship support, he finished
third in his class of 410 students with a grade-point average of
4.3. (The GPA was higher than 4.0 because his grades in advanced-placement
(AP) courses carried extra weight.) He completed eight AP courses
and enters U.Va. with 39 college credits.
scholarship awards include:
Corp.'s Sam Walton Community Scholarship, $1,000
Merit Scholarship Corp., $2,000
National Helicopter Association, $1,000
Builders Association, $7,000
Logistics Association, $1,000
Corps Relief Society, $2,000
Commonwealth of Virginia Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, $1,500
All Saints Episcopal Church, $1,750
Frank W. Cox High School PTA, $500
Great Neck Middle School PTA, $500
Kempsville High School Norman L. Fields Memorial Scholarship,
Beach Council of PTAs, $500
Saturday, Aug. 28, Spillman will enter U.Va., where he plans to
major in government and foreign affairs.
more information, Christopher Spillman can be reached on Thursday
and Friday, Aug. 26-27, at (757) 496-8801. Starting Saturday, Aug.
28, his number at U.Va. will be (804) 243-1370. He can also be reached
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857