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Local Wins GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

SIMI VALLEY, CA- July 16, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and GE announced this week the 20 students who were awarded the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship program, which just completed its eighth year, rew

ards students who embody the vision and values personified by President Reagan, including leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship. Each student will receive $10,000 a year, for up to four years, to be applied to student tuition and on-campus room and board while the recipient is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. college or university.

“The students who make up this year’s scholarship recipients are extraordinary,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Each of them have shown real promise to be determined and inspiring leaders.  We’re proud to have them associated with a college scholarship program that has grown to be one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to high school students today.”

“GE is proud to partner with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation to recognize leaders and we wish them continued success in their next chapter,” said Alex Dimitrief, President, GE Global.

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report as 1 of 4 “Huge Scholarships Worth $10,000 or More” Worth Winning. According to U.S. News, “If you can land one of these awards, you’ll be off the hook for a big portion of your tuition bill. In fact, you might even graduate college debt-free.”

Nearly 16,000 completed applications were received and reviewed from students across the United States. Of the 20 applicants awarded this exclusive distinction, one of the awardees, Hamp Thomas is from Summerville, Georgia.  Active in 4-H for many years, Hamp has served as a district officer, represented Georgia 4-H in Washington, D.C., was a state winner in the dog care and training project, was certified as a Georgia 4-H STEM ambassador and instructor, and is now a camp counselor. In addition to numerous service activities, Hamp was employed as lead science instructor for the Boys and Girls Club. In this role, he planned and executed experiments and hands-on activities for his students. He has also worked for a radio station and a local farm. Hamp was Beta club president, SkillsUSA club president, and head anchor and lead journalist for his school’s news team. From Summerville, Ga., Hamp will attend the University of Georgia to study biotechnology and biochemistry, and hopes to one day impact agricultural policy.


An extensive selection process evaluated the following attributes of each candidate:

  • Leadership– Scholars pursue leadership roles that have a positive impact in communities and showcase the value of lifelong learning.
  • Drive– Firm believers “that our best days are ahead,” Scholars have the conviction, ambition, discipline, and courage to make their dreams reality.
  • Integrity– Rooted in values and ethics, Scholars possess the unique combination of integrity, dependability, and humility that defined President Reagan’s leadership.
  • Citizenship– Scholars are driven by a sense of civic commitment and actively engage in their communities to affect positive change.


The 2018 GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship recipients are:


Joshua Andersen Ontario, OR College of Idaho
Lakelynn Anderson Ada, OK East Central University
Taylr Bahr Burlington, KS Creighton University
Elisabeth Barnett Kalamazoo, MI Vanderbilt University
Abel Berhan Seattle, WA Harvard College
Micheal Brown Houston, TX Stanford University
Kylee Campbell Jet, OK Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Chioma Chidume Round Rock, TX Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Dimmer Clarkston, MI Oakland University
Taylor Fields Aberdeen, MS University of Mississippi
Eve Glenn Tampa, FL Brown University
Hannah Heit New Hampton, IA Iowa State University
Brandon Lai Plymouth, MN Vanderbilt University
Julie Nguyen Louisville, KY University of Louisville
Joseph Overberger Roy, NM New Mexico State University
Christopher Quiroz Roanoke, VA Wake Forest University
Brandon Staple Longmont, CO University of Colorado Denver
Dewey Thomas Summerville, GA University of Georgia
Valerie Tse Bellevue, WA University of Washington
Elizabeth Zietz Irvine, CA Yale University


In addition to the financial award, recipients attended a Scholars Retreat at the Reagan Library and will receive leadership-development support in college and beyond.

Information about the 2019 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will be available online in the fall.

About Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute:

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride.  It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Ronald Reagan Institute, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion and the award-winning Air Force One Discovery Center.  Located in Simi Valley, California, the Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and his first lady.

To learn more about our education programs and this scholarship opportunity, visit

About GE:
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.