School and sports news for June 25

Full scholarship to Davidson for MacLeod

RCHS senior James MacLeod was awarded a full four-year QuestBridge scholarship to Davidson College.
RCHS senior James MacLeod was awarded a full four-year QuestBridge scholarship to Davidson College. Courtesy photo

Rappahannock County High School senior James MacLeod has been admitted to Davidson College and has been awarded a four-year QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship.

James’s success comes despite challenging circumstances. He explains: “I’ve been raised by a single mother, who for the past couple years has been laid off and had trouble finding work due to severe degenerative hip and spine conditions.” He plans to study in the field of liberal arts and humanities, and looks forward to developing his sailing skills at Davidson.

James’s accomplishments are impressive, especially given the context of this year’s application cycle. Now in its 11th year, the 2014-15 QuestBridge National College Match received 11,654 applications from students across the country. After a first-round selection of 4,180 finalists, 501 students were ultimately selected by colleges to become College Matches.

“It has always been the goal of QuestBridge to demonstrate to these extraordinary students that an excellent education is not only within their reach but entirely possible,” said Ana McCullough, CEO and co-founder of QuestBridge. “The College Match Scholarship, which is completely loan-free and with no parental contribution, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” In addition to early admission, College Match recipients are offered a full four-year scholarship by the partner college, covering tuition, room and board  and other expenses.

Based in Palo Alto, California, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit organization that connects exceptional students from low-income backgrounds with admission and full scholarships to selective colleges. By serving as the bridge between students and institutions of higher education, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best universities. For more information, visit

Love named to Dean’s List

Kenner Grayson Love of Washington has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Radford University. Love is a junior exercise, sport and health education major. To be named to Radford’s Dean’s List, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.

DAR award to Riedel

The Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Rappahannock County High School senior Nicholas Andrew Riedel, son of David and Marie Riedel of Washington, with the DAR Good Citizen Medal. The medal is presented to outstanding seniors who exhibit qualities of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism.


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