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BCPS Class of 2018 secures more than $8 million in scholarships

posted Jun 19, 2018, 1:41 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

Burke County Public Schools graduated nearly 900 students this year. What’s next for the class of 2018 varies from a four-year college or university, a two-year community college, a certificate program, entering military service or going straight into the workforce. For those going on to continue their education, the class of 2018 in BCPS secured nearly $8.23 million in scholarship money before high school graduation.


Patton High School seniors received more than $2.1 million.

Draughn High School seniors received $2.04 million.

East Burke High School seniors received $1.97 million.

Freedom High School seniors received $1.59 million.

Burke Middle College seniors received $526,000.

Hallyburton Academy seniors received $2,500.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “This total blows me away. I am so proud of all of our graduates for taking that important walk across the stage and securing that precious high school diploma. I challenge all of our graduates to not stop there and to keep pursing an education and their dreams. For those going on to higher education, and for those who received scholarships to help pay for it, that is a total of $8.23 million less debt for those incoming freshman and their parents. This dollar amount is actually higher if you factor in training and benefits our graduates entering the military will receive for continuing education. I look forward to following all the greatness the class of 2018 will accomplish, and I wish them the very best as they begin their careers and embark on this next new journey.”