Herff Jones Awards Prestigious College Scholarship to Blue Valley West High School Senior

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

Herff Jones Awards Prestigious College Scholarship to Blue Valley West High School Senior

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 Blue Valley West High School senior has made this year’s cut.

As a State Winner, Brianna Jackson 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?”

“Brianna Jackson is a perfect example of what it means to be a leader. Great leaders inspire others to exceed expectations. Brianna has demonstrated this ability,” said Brett Potts, the principal of Blue Valley West 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. “Jackson 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."

Jackson is bound for the University of Kansas this coming fall where she plans to study Biochemistry.

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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