Ben Jones, a son of Randy and Dana Jones of Kingsport, was one of 180 scholars selected statewide from nearly 1,800 applicants.
Initiated in 1986, the Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and a 29 or above on the ACT. The program awards each student $6,000 per academic year, with $3,000 from the state of Tennessee and $3,000 from the college or university the student attends
"Ben has been with us at Providence since kindergarten, and we are so proud of the exceptional young man he has become," Providence Head of School Ben Holland said in a news release. "Ben excels academically, athletically, and is one of the most respectful and well-rounded students you'll meet. He represents our school well, and I have no doubt that his future will be bright."
Since 2002, there have been more than 1,000 Ned McWherter Scholars.