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NAPS Awards $6,000 in Scholarships to College-Bound NHS Seniors

NAPS awarded $6,000 in scholarships to college-bound Northumberland High School seniors: (from left) Martha Tallent, Nathalie Biddlecomb, Caroline Neale, Nash Withers, and LaVar Rich

Three college-bound Northumberland High School seniors received scholarships from the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS), during the Senior Recognition ceremony at the school auditorium, April 29, 2024.

In recognition of their academic achievement and service to the community, a $4,000 scholarship was awarded to Caroline Neale, and $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Nathalie Biddlecomb and Nash Withers.

Neale is pursuing a career in nursing and will be attending James Madison University. Among her many volunteer activities in the community, she has crewed on NAPS’ creek and highway cleanup teams.

Biddlecomb is pursuing a nursing career with the hopes of continuing to serve the Northern Neck community. She has been accepted to East Carolina University, High Point University, James Madison University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her many volunteer activities included the 2023 NAPS Creek Cleanup.

Withers is pursuing a career in engineering and has been accepted to Eastern Mennonite University.

The NAPS scholarships were presented by Martha Tallent and LaVar Rich. Ian Brownlee and Roger Gruben also serve on the NAPS Scholarship Committee. Selection of awardees and scholarship amounts was based on a combination of environmental and community service, academic achievement, college interest, and need. “Our interview process played a critical role” in the selection, said Tallent.

To donate to the NAPS Scholarship Endowment Fund, visit – or mail a check payable to “NAPS” to P.O. Box 567, Heathsville, VA 22473. Please write “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line.


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