Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

In Education

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

In Education

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Four Nassau County students have been named winners of the 2001 Rayonier Foundation Scholarships, while the children of two Rayonier employees have won 2001 Rayonier Employee Scholarship Program awards.

Katherine Burbank received a four-year general scholarship, and Paloma Rohrbaugh received the four-year minority scholarship. Both attended Fernandina Beach High School.

Each winner will receive $8,000 over four years. Both plan to attend the University of Florida. Burbank said she will pursue a law degree, while Rohrbaugh will major in engineering.

Jennifer Bennett and Tameka Jade Simmons, both from West Nassau High School, were awarded vocational/technical scholarships of $1,000 each. Bennett said she'll pursue a career in radiology. Simmons plans to earn study respiratory therapy. Both will attend Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

The four students were selected based on scholastic achievement, financial need, character, initiative and involvement in school and community activities. A screening committee reviewed all applicants to select semi-finalists, who were then interviewed by a selection committee. The committees consisted of educators, community leaders and Rayonier representatives.

The two children of Rayonier employees, Cory Edwards and Jennifer Ledbetter, will be honored at a luncheon in June as the winners of the 2001 Rayonier Employee Scholarship Program. Rayonier did not release the amount of the scholarships, saying they are based on individual financial need.

They were selected by the College Scholarship Service, a national service that screens scholarship applications. Selection was based on academic achievement, community service, demonstrated leadership, participation in extra-curricular activities and special interests and accomplishments.

Edwards, the son of Robert and Susan Edwards, plans to major in pre-med at Emory University. His father is a team facilitator at Rayonier's Fernandina Beach mill.

Ledbetter, the daughter of Jeff and Robin Ledbetter, plans to major in public relations at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. …

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