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AAA Tidewater Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

Five thousand dollar scholarship to deserving students in Hampton Roads

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, (July 7, 2015) - In honor of AAA Tidewater Virginia’s founding President; the J. Theron “Tim” Timmons Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established. The foundation provides a $5,000 scholarship annually to deserving graduating seniors in the Hampton Roads area. For 2015 AAA Tidewater received about 150 applications. Five were chosen for this year’s scholarships, two of the recipients split the scholarship among themselves. AAA Tidewater Virginia is proud to announce the following recipients of the 2015 Timmons Memorial Scholarship.

John Costello of Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach will be attending University of Virginia for Biology/Neurology, specializing in childhood oncology. He has been a part of National AP scholar, E.E. Brickell Scholar, CHKD Junior Volunteer, and President and Founder of the Philosophy Club. He has been awarded 1st Place Tidewater Science Fair and the Outstanding Male English Student of the Year.

Meredith Woessner of Peninsula Catholic High in Newport News will be attending College of William and Mary to pursue Biology/Cell Biology Research. Ms. Woessner was in National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, Math National Honor Society, and Editor-in-Chief School Yearbook. She was also a student of the music in piano and band.

Bethany Witter of Indian River High in Virginia Beach will be attending Virginia Tech to study and become a Mining and Minerals Engineer. Ms. Witter has accomplished many goals while in high school, including being a part of the Drama Club, National Honor Society, National English Honors Society and Future Business Leaders of America member. She has also served as the President of the Art Club.

The final two recipients were twins. The brothers who will be splitting the $5000 award are:

Alex Tekemp of Maury High in Norfolk will be attending University of Virginia for Law/Politics. His accomplishments during high school included a wide range of activities such as National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Captain of the baseball team, and mission trips. He was also Class President for the 11th and 12th grades.

Zachary Tekemp of Maury High in Norfolk will be attending Virginia Tech to study finance. His accomplishments during high school were National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Academic High Honor Roll, Varsity soccer and Volleyball, and Future Educators of America Chair. He was also experienced in being a lifeguard.

Congratulations to each recipient and many wishes for success in their future endeavors.

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