Originally created 03/17/04

Drawing narrows field for scholarship to two



Bria Birt has big dreams.

"I've heard it all. She wants to be a rapper, a dancer, a doctor," said her mother, Carrie Birt.

On Tuesday, Bria said it was a lawyer she wanted to be, but no matter what she decides to do, Bria, a fifth-grader at Jamestown Elementary School, will have at least $5,000 to put toward obtaining her degree thanks to the Make Kids Count Scholarship Contest.

Bria and Christina Bussey became finalists Tuesday when their names were drawn out of a box at Knology's Wheeler Road office. They will be at the Augusta Lynx game Sunday to see who the $10,000 prize winner is; the runner-up will walk away with a $5,000 savings bond.

Gage Davis, of Hephzibah, and Anne Marie Velky, of North Augusta, were among the final four in the 9- to 12-year-old category. They received $1,000 scholarships.

The Augusta Chronicle started the competition in June. The 9- to 12-year-old category is the third of four age groups.

Applications will be accepted for the 13- to 18-year-old contest until 5 p.m. March 29

"I can't think of anything better that the newspaper and partners like Knology can do," said Julian Miller, the president of The Augusta Chronicle.

Since the contest was opened last summer, several sponsors have joined with The Chronicle to help Make Kids Count.

In addition to Knology, the sponsors are Partners in Achievement Learning Center, Georgia Bank and Trust, Taylor Auto Group, Platt's Funeral Home, Fat Man's, Scana Energy, Dillard's and the Augusta Lynx.

A copy of a legal birth certificate and a photograph must accompany the application.

Applications are available at www.augustachronicle.com.

They also may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the News Building, 725 Broad St., and they are published regularly in The Chronicle.

For additional information, call Stacy Montoya at 823-3476.