Eight college-bound students had something to celebrate in late June when they learned they would receive a $500 per semester, up to $4,000 over four years, scholarship from Dot Foods.
One such recipient, Isabella McCartney, daughter of Dot Foods Mt. Sterling employee Becky McCartney, said she was nervous about applying against so many intelligent students across the country, but is now thrilled and excited she won because the scholarship will help her reach her goals.
“I feel extremely honored to receive this scholarship and would like to begin by saying thank you to Dot Foods and the committee who chose me as a recipient,” McCartney said. “This scholarship will greatly relieve some of my burdens regarding college since my goal is to pay for it all myself.”
Kierra Hunt, daughter of Dot Foods Delaware employee Terry Hunt, was also surprised by the announcement.
“I applied for this scholarship never thinking that I would even be relatively close to winning it, but I knew that it was worth trying anyway,” she said. “I knew that if I won this scholarship that it would help reduce the stress of my family when trying to figure out how I will pay for college, so I applied and hoped for the best.”
Steph Tafoya, corporate recruiter and scholarship program chair, said the scholarship committee was incredibly impressed with the group of applicants this year.
“While it may have been a tough selection, the committee was very happy with their decision as this group of high school seniors truly demonstrated their ability to work hard, and we hope they continue to do so in college,” Tafoya said. “Dot Foods is very proud to support these talented students and wish the best of luck in their college career.”
Any high school senior with a parent employed full-time at Dot Foods or Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) and plans to attend an accredited four-year college or university or trade program in the fall were invited to apply for the scholarship earlier in the year.