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South Whidbey High senior receives major scholarship

Erica Johnson meets with state Superintendent of Public  Instruction Terry Bergeson in Olympia last month. - Mike Johnson photo
Erica Johnson meets with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson in Olympia last month.
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South Whidbey High School senior Erica Johnson attended the recent Washington Scholars program in Olympia where she was recognized as one of 147 students in the state of Washington to receive a scholarship award.

Johnson is planning to attend Pacific Lutheran University in the fall.

The Washington Scholars program recognizes the accomplishments of three high school seniors from each of the state's 49 legislative districts.

Students receive state scholarships for up to four years of public resident undergraduate tuition and fees. The scholarships can be used at any Washington public or independent college or university.

High school principals nominate the top 1 percent of their school’s graduating senior class on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and community service.

A committee, composed of high school principals and college admissions staff, selects the top four students in each legislative district, naming three as scholars and one as a scholar alternate.

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