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Chancellor Falwell awards scholarship to kindergartener

December 17, 2008 : University Advancement staff

Most kindergarteners are not yet thinking about their college education, but Simon Nolen from Appomattox Primary School in Appomattox, Va., is way ahead of the game. During an American Red Cross “Quarters That Care Campaign,” Simon’s name was drawn for the first-place prize in a Red Cross student giveaway — a four-year scholarship to Liberty University worth nearly $60,000.

“I didn’t quite know what to do or say,” said Simon’s mother, Misty, a teacher in Appomattox County. “It’s a huge blessing.”

Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and wife, Becki, presented the scholarship to Simon, his parents, Misty and Thomas Nolen, and extended family at a school-wide assembly on Wednesday. During the assembly students sang Christmas carols and heard from American Red Cross representative Melissa Waugh. Five different Virginia school districts participated in the campaign — Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Lynchburg.

“With all you students together we were able to raise over $16,000,” Waugh said. “I’m here to give you a big thank you.”

Waugh also thanked the Falwells and Liberty University for providing the first-place prize. Jerry Falwell, Jr. said an injury he suffered from two years ago, which resulted in a lot of blood loss, made him even more appreciative of the work the Red Cross does in the community.