Scholarships Awarded to two New Kent High Students

Each year Proclaiming Grace Outreach offers three $1,000 Scholarships to local students. This year two students from New Kent High School, each received $1,000 awards for their future education. The third scholarship is to be awarded next week to a War Hill High School recipient. To date, Proclaiming Grace Outreach, a local non - profit organization whose mission is to help those in need of food, clothing and small home repair, has awarded $20,000 to the students of New Kent and James City Counties.

The criteria for the scholarship is based not only on academic performance but also on contributions of time to their community, church, and school, as well as their involvement in sports, being a good steward of the environment, and of the individuals around them. This year, two winning recipients were from New Kent High School. Abbey Coutu maintained a 4.4 G.P.A. while being involved in an abundance of extracurricular and volunteer activities and plans to attend University of Virginia. The other winning recipient, Emma Bell maintained a 3.9 G.P.A. while doing local volunteer efforts and plans to attend Thomas Nelson Community College to study Nursing. The Jenna Grace King Memorial Scholarship will allow both exceptional students the opportunity to better the community moving forward.

Proclaiming Grace Outreach's goal is to build the Jenna Grace King Outreach Center that will house their service operations, thrift store, and allow them to have classroom space and multipurpose area to offer more services to more people. The organization also hosts a Food Pantry, Backpack program, along with supporting the efforts of New Kent Humane Society and New Kent Animal Shelter. The first Saturday in August, the group is hosting it's largest annual fundraiser known as The Jenna Bash Festival. The event is held at Rockahock Campground in Lanexa, VA. To find out more about their missions, upcoming events, how to get involved, and how to lend support; go to PGOVA.com.

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