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  • wfmjr81 May 22, 5:48 p.m.

    My kids are both in college and have received good scholarships. One word to the wise- scholarships that cover more than tuition (ie room & board) count as unearned income. Our oldest (20 yr) worked while attending UNC & earned too much to be our dependent but when his scholarship money got added into his income he got hit with a $550 tax bill that he did not expect on April 15th. Our 18 yo also got good scholarships for NYU but since he is still our dependent his scholarships tax was added onto our taxes..

  • ascherer May 22, 12:33 a.m.

    Congratulations Hannah. Earning an Associates degree with your High School diploma is a huge accomplishment.

  • galesid May 21, 10:59 p.m.

    Congratulations to Hannah and the entire family! !!!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 21, 8:00 p.m.

    luvstoQ - That is what I figured, but thank you for your spot on advice. I am definitely still working on the "trying to keep our advice to ourselves" thing. lol

    And thank you again to everyone for your awesome words of encouragement. I will definitely show them to Hannah.

  • luvstoQ May 21, 6:19 p.m.

    Sorry to have to give you the truth, Faye! No, it doesn't get 'easier' after they've left awhile!! We 'Mommies' will always watch and worry, while our children continue to grow and learn!! ( all the while trying to keep our advice to ourselves)!! LOL

  • Wifeandkids May 21, 1:29 p.m.

    Congratulations, Hannah! Those are some remarkable achievements! Faye, I know you must be very proud of your daughter!

  • hollyh515 May 21, 11:53 a.m.

    Congratulations Hannah!! Good luck at UNC!

  • coupon4me May 20, 9:38 p.m.

    Awesome- congrats to you that must feel so great!

  • vlynn May 20, 6:33 p.m.

    Faye, congrats to you and Hannah. I know you must be so proud!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 20, 5:19 p.m.

    ThomasG - Thank you so much for your comforting words. I look forward to all the milestones to come. Your daughter sounds like an amazing woman! And my great thanks to your son-in-law for his service.

  • ThomasG May 20, 3:43 p.m.

    Faye- It is always exciting and scary watching our kids achieve - whether graduating from kindergarten, getting awards/scholarships , receiving Master's Degrees or getting married .
    I watched both of mine achieve all the above and them some and I was just as emotional each time - maybe a little more so when my daughter got her Masters because she had a lot to deal with during that time - she did it with flying colors even with a baby that was only a few months old and a husband who was away overseas serving our country .

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 20, 3:05 p.m.

    luvstoQ- I am sure I will be nervous when both of mine head off to college, as well. Does it get less nerve-wracking once they are on their own for a while?? I sure hope so!

  • luvstoQ May 20, 2:17 p.m.

    Thanks FAYE & THOMASG!
    Such a proud moment, but also a little teary eyed to see your oldest graduate and begin to 'leave the nest'! Our oldest was a dau. too, and I was a nervous wreck!! But, who am I kidding? Was a 'double' nervous wreck when my youngest left! LOL

  • GJan1 May 20, 12:09 p.m.

    Congratulations Hannah and Faye!
    Dang autocorrect!

  • GJan1 May 20, 12:06 p.m.

    Congratulations Hannaford and Faye!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 20, 11:04 a.m.

    My sincere thanks to all of you for your kind words of congratulations. We are so excited for her and so proud of her accomplishments.

    luvstoQ - Congratulations on your son being a National Merit Scholar! That is so impressive!

    cbbunn - good advice! Hannah was nominated for both the Park and Goodnight scholarships by NC State and her High School because of her academic record.

    Amomoftwo - You are so right. There are many smaller scholarships available and they do add up.

  • ggadams1 May 20, 10:28 a.m.

    Congrats to Hannah!! An opportunity that should be taken advantage of by all! I wish this had been available when my kids were in high school!

  • ThomasG May 20, 9:47 a.m.

    Congratulations to Hannah !
    Faye - You and your husband must be Very, Very Proud !
    This new option of college while in High School is nice for those that are mature enough to handle it and for many that would never get the chance to go to college because of the cost.
    LUVSTOQ- Big Congrats to your son for being a National Merit Scholar !

  • grafted May 20, 8:59 a.m.

    Congratulations, Hannah! and to the proud parents as well!

  • kipfran May 20, 8:57 a.m.

    Congratulations to your daughter!

  • luvstoQ May 20, 8:42 a.m.

    Congrats to your daughter, especially taking advantage of furthering her education while still in HS. Our youngest son was a National Merit Scholar, and had a choice of a free ride to 5 different Universities. He chose U of FL. There were two from his HS at Wakefield that made the National cut that year - only 75 nationwide.

    He did nothing to 'apply' for this - was strictly a nomination by the school because of excelling in the courses he took. The nominated pool started out about 1,600, with four different 'cuts'.

  • Amomoftwo May 20, 8:17 a.m.

    Great advice, CBBunn..and use the Wake county resources for scholarships..there are many $500-$1000 local scholarship given that add up quickly.

  • Dr D May 20, 7:20 a.m.

    Wow - that is very impressive! Congratulations!

  • hadines2 May 20, 5:52 a.m.

    Congrats to Hannah. I am sure Faye, you are very proud of her.

  • labs May 19, 11:31 p.m.

    Wow!!! That is AWESOME!

  • lwillis May 19, 11:01 p.m.

    Congratulations to Hannah, I know you are a proud mom!

  • cbbunn May 19, 9:13 p.m.

    If your child wants to pursue a merit scholarship, he/she needs to start taking the most rigorous courses the high school offers as a freshman. Also, the parent and child make want to go online and read the biographies of students who have received merit scholarships, such as the Parks at NCSU and the Moorehead-Cain at UNC. Waiting until senior year to look for merit money is almost too late.

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