Published on June 4th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


School District Five student awarded $16,000 scholarship from Meridian Brick

IRMO – Dutch Fork High School senior Johnelle Weekley has been named a recipient of a $16,000 scholarship from Meridian Brick, North America’s largest manufacturer and supplier of brick and masonry products.

Weekley is just one of four students from the U.S. to receive the scholarship. She was presented with a special plaque at the school on May 21 by Jason Smith, the company’s senior area operations manager.

“This means so much to me to be a recipient of this scholarship,” said Weekley, who will attend Lander University in the fall and plans to study nursing. “College is expensive, and this scholarship will help my family and I so much. I am very grateful!”

This is the first year Meridian Brick has given scholarships. The award’s criteria were based on student’s academic performance, personal responsibility, evidences of quality of character and financial need. The recipient also must have a family member employed by the company.

Weekley’s father and grandfather have been with Meridian Brick for over a combined 60 years.

“Meridian Brick has a strong desire to support families, and we are so proud to award Johnelle this scholarship,” Smith said. “Her father and grandfather have given so much to this company and it is rewarding to honor them with something that goes beyond the workplace.”

The Dutch Fork senior will finish high school with a 4.7 GPA and her extracurricular activities include pep club, national honors society, teacher cadet program among others.

“We are so proud of Johnelle and thank Meridian Brick for recognizing one of our students with this significant scholarship,” said Dutch Fork High principal Dr. Gerald Gary. “Johnelle is one of the hardest working students I have ever met and she is deserving of this award. We know she will go on to do great things and represent with Fox pride at Lander University.”



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