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Students get the surprise of their lives through ASU

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students in Region 8 got a surprise of their life today that will help further their college careers.

Arkansas State University's Prize Patrol visited students at five different high schools throughout the region. They were then presented with the ASTATE Scholar Award.

Rebecca Oliver, Director of the Honors College says being awarded is no easy feat.

"This is a very competitive scholarship.  Students apply for the ASTATE scholar award.  They have to send in all kinds of supplemental materials.  We review their admission file to ASU and all the things they send in.  These are the best and the brightest students that our state and our region has to offer", Oliver says.

Greene County Tech, Westside, Valley View, Nettleton, and Jonesboro High School students were visited by the patrol. Oliver says this scholarship is a huge help for students.

"We're presenting the ASTATE scholar award which is valued at $56,000, over four years of undergraduate education at Arkansas State University.  So, we sort of feel like St. Clause which is really exciting", she says.

The scholarship is valued at $56,000. Oliver says the class of 2013 will have forty ASTATE scholar recipients.

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