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Cherokee HS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship

Posted On: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

GOOCH Rachel

A Cherokee High School senior has earned a National Merit Special Scholarship!

Rachel Gooch has won the ADP Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by ADP Foundation and named for the company’s late founder, who believed in the “invaluable benefits of higher education.”  She will be attending the University of Georgia to major in art history.

“Congratulations to Rachel, her family and her teachers – National Merit scholarships are rare honors earned through years of hard work and dedication to academic excellence, leadership and service,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting Rachel’s achievements as a Superintendent’s Key Scholar, AP student and outstanding visual artist, among her many accomplishments.  “We’re proud of you and look forward to all you will accomplish in the future.”  

Only approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors nationwide earn a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Special Scholarship sponsored by a corporation, company foundation or other business organization.  Scholars are selected based on National Merit criteria as well as requirements set by the scholarship sponsor. 

The ADP Scholarship, which offers as much as $20,000 in annual financial assistance for college tuition and books, is open to children of ADP associates who are pursuing a college education.  Of all qualifying applicants nationwide, five winners are selected annually based on criteria including academic achievements, extracurricular activities and community involvement, leadership roles, and an essay.  

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