Fort Washington, Maryland, High School Senior Among Winners Of Verizon Wireless/United Negro College Fund Essay Contest

When high school senior Jazmin Legrande graduates next month from Fort Washington’s Friendly High School, she’ll walk away with more than just a diploma. As one of the winners of a Verizon Wireless/United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Black History Month essay contest, Mann will receive more than $4,000 worth of scholarship funds and technology gifts. The contest, which required high school seniors to submit an essay about how the evolution of wireless technology has changed the world, was open to students planning to attend a four-year college this fall.

This Black History Month Essay Contest is one of a variety of educational and diversity programs supported by Verizon Wireless. With a diverse workforce of over 81,000, Verizon Wireless drives workplace diversity by establishing programs to encourage the hiring and advancement of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

The scholarships are for incoming freshman and students continuing their education at an accredited four-year institution in the fall. Each scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three years and has a total value of $20,000.  For the 2011-2012 academic year, the Verizon Foundation will provide a total of more than $2.64 million for the scholarships.  One hundred scholarships are for incoming freshman, and 430 are for continuing support for previous winners.

Five New Jersey Students Awarded Verizon Foundation Scholarships

As the fall semester begins at colleges and universities across the nation, five New Jersey students will have some help paying their bills for school.  They are among 675 students nationwide who have received scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year through Verizon’s scholarship program for the children and dependents of company employees.

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