5 NC students receive national scholarship award

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Five North Carolina students received a national honor Friday in the form of college scholarships.

Gov. Pat McCrory recognized the students and addressed them as they received Buick Achievers Scholarships.

The students each get $25,000 for school each year up to four years. Those in a qualified five-year engineering program are eligible for an additional year.

“I want to congratulate these students for their hard work and commitment to learning,” McCrory said.

Lauren Chesnet, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, will continue her education at Appalachian State University this fall, majoring in industrial design.

Haley Sink, of Thomasville, North Carolina, plans to attend Duke University this fall and will major in economics.

Stewart Martin, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will attend University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Jason Brown, of Collinsville, North Carolina, will continue his education at Virginia Commonwealth University this fall. Brown is a chemical engineering major.

Cristian Munoz, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will continue at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the fall. Munoz is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Sink is the first in her family to attend college.

“This scholarship is absolutely amazing. It means coming out of school without any debt, to really pursue my dreams and know that there’s people behind me 100 percent,” Sink said.

The scholarships are awarded to 50 students across the county pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math related to the automotive industry.

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