Each year, the Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument awards two scholarships to graduating seniors of Franklin County High School.

This year’s recipients, Amaya Cobbs and Jacob Stockton, each received $1,000 scholarships. As part of the application process, students wrote an essay about the importance of education and character to Washington’s life.

In her scholarship entry, Cobbs, who will attend Clark Atlanta University, wrote, “My historically black college, known as Clark Atlantic University, motto is ‘make a way or find one.’ Washington did just that. He didn’t make excuses for himself. He pushed for greatness in his educational career and his character journey. He dedicated his whole life to educating himself and others ... His dedication to education was bigger than himself and over a century (later) his impact is still relevant.” Cobbs is the daughter of Alicia Patterson and Brent Cobbs of Boones Mill.

Stockton, who will attend Hampden-Sydney College, wrote, ”He made it through slavery and adversity to become one of the greatest leaders our nation has ever known … Booker T. Washington was a true mastermind and his base for it was all education and character.” Stockton is the son of Nacina Webb and Jamie Stockton of Rocky Mount.

The mission of the Friends of Booker T. Washington is to support the preservation of Booker T. Washington National Monument through volunteerism, financial support, advocacy and community involvement and to promote public awareness and appreciation of Washington’s legacy.

For more information, email friendsofbowa@gmail.com or visit www.friendsofbookertw.org.