HBCU surprises Henry County students with full scholarships

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It’s a celebration for three metro Atlanta students because they no longer have to worry about paying to attend college.

Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway was at the Dutchtown High School in Henry County on Wednesday when the school announced that Antonio Mattox Jr., Channing Wyatt, and Adrian Avery were receiving scholarships to Alabama State University.

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The three graduating seniors have full academic scholarships to the university.

It’s safe to say the students were surprised and happy.

“I had no idea, I was really in shock,” said Mattox Jr.

Wyatt said he is grateful his hard work over the last four years paid off.

“Once they had called my name, I couldn’t stop smiling. I’m just thankful,” said Wyatt.

“I was in shock but I think it’s well deserved,” said Avery.

Nearly 70 students from the ASU Student Government Association, fraternities and sororities, and the ASU royal court arrived at Dutchtown High on Wednesday to bring the full college experience to the senior class.

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Holloway also found out that the school has a connection to the university.

Principal Nicole Shaw, an ASU graduate, coordinated the visit and the college fair with ASU administrators.

“I really try my best to make sure that students understand the importance of academics and the importance of going to that next level,” said Shaw. “I like to begin with me and my alumni and I like to tell them what my alumni has done for me and in doing that, it piques their interest.”

The scholars said that with student loan debt affecting so many families, this full ride makes all the difference.

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