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|Ferriday Rotary announces scholarships|
Tance Hughes of Vidalia, Dwanda Carter of Ferriday, Lauren Hall of Huntington and Austin Lipsey of Monterey have been named winners of Ferriday Rotary Club's annual Ben Green Memorial Scholarship for 2008-09.
Scholarships of $1,500 were presented to a graduating senior from each of the four parish high schools. Ferriday High did not submit an application by the deadline.
The winners were chosen based on an essay, grade point average, ACT score, school and community participation and plans to pursue a degree at a Louisiana college.
Students are scored individually on a point basis by a committee of educators. The essays counted as one-third of the student's score.
The Ben Green Scholarship fund was founded in 1979 and has since provided more than $30,000 in scholarships. The program began in 1979 following the death of school superintendent Ben Green.
After finishing high school in Ferriday, Green joined the newly-formed United States Marine Corps. At a very young age, he was fighting in World War II on Iwo Jima against the Japanese. His parents were notified that he was missing in action three times.
He was wounded and came home to enroll at LSU with the GI bill. He finished LSU with a degree in secondary education and began teaching at Ferriday Elementary in 1954.
Green managed to work in the school system while advancing his education and received his Master's in education at LSU. He become principal of the school in 1960. He then received the Education Specialist degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1964, and in 1969, he was named school superintendent by the School Board.
He still continued his education and received his Doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1973. He was superintendent when the school system was desegregated under a federal court order -- one of the system's most troubled periods.
Green died in 1978 at the age of 57.
The scholarship fund was established the very next year. Originally, $250 scholarships were given. Today the scholarship award is $1,000.
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