Herff Jones Awards Prestigious College Scholarship to St. Thomas Aquinas High School Senior

Media Contact: Mike F. Matt National Motivational Programs Manager mfmatt@herffjones.com 317.612.3412

Launched in November 2012, The Herff Jones Believe in You Scholarship & Principal’s Award celebrates academic achievement and leadership potential in college-bound youth

Indianapolis, IN (May 30, 2014) - The results are in for the second-annual Herff Jones Believe in You Scholarship & Principal’s Award - a program that recognizes student leaders across the country with more than $125,000 in college scholarships – and a St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior has made this year’s cut.

As a State Winner, Anne Schugart from Overland Park, KS will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The annual program selects a national winner, national finalist and national semifinalist for the top awards of $12,000, $8,500 and $5,000 respectively; in addition, the best nominee in each state earns a $2,000 scholarship to help fund their college education.

"The Believe in You Scholarship and Principal’s Award program is an outstanding way for Herff Jones to contribute to the growth of the young people we serve. The fifty students from across the United States and Canada who received the award have shown exceptional academic success, leadership and service. The employee owners and sales representatives of Herff Jones are proud to provide this opportunity to make a difference in their lives," said Jeff Webb, CEO of Herff Jones, Inc.

Each November, school principals nationwide may nominate one high school senior who demonstrates both academic excellence and strong leadership skills. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of academic performance, standardized test results, work experience, participation in student activities, community service and their response to the essay question, “Please explain how a person believing in you has had a positive impact on your success. What did he/she do and how did it help?”

“Anne is an outstanding young lady who inspires others to reach for greatness. She not only has the vision and foresight to create opportunities for other teenagers to experience success, she also has the perseverance to see those opportunities come to fruition. Not one to let hurdles become obstacles, she is able to keep her eye on the finish line and overcome those hurdles, growing stronger and more resolved in the process,” said Craig Moss, the principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, in his nomination.

“Our eight judges with distinguished backgrounds in education were overwhelmed with the quality of candidates this year,” said Mike Matt, National Motivational Programs Manager for Herff Jones. “Schugart and other winners were among the best they've ever seen. Herff Jones is proud that the Believe in You Scholarship & Principal's Award is attracting the best of the best students nationally."

Schugart is bound for Harvard University this coming fall.

About Herff Jones, Inc. Herff Jones works closely with customers to create a climate of achievement through graduation products, class rings and jewelry, yearbooks, educational products, cheerleading, sporting goods and uniforms, and motivation and recognition tools. The company provides guidance, support and quality products to elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams, and corporations. Founded nearly 100 years ago, Herff Jones is an employee-owned organization focused on building long-term relationships through a nationwide network of trusted, expert sales representatives. For more information, visit herffjones.com/biuscholarship.

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