JF Maddox Foundation announced the selection of the 2020 finalists for the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship. All five finalists bear the distinction of being Maddox Scholars.

The 2020 Maddox Scholars are: Alexa Brito of Loving-ton, Shelly Driskill of Hobbs, Brevin McCool of Hobbs, Cynthia Palacios of Tatum, and Jonathon Salgado of Hobbs.

An independent selection committee reviewed the 46 applications for the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program from throughout Lea County, and considered each applicant’s academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and written essays.

From this applicant pool, the Selection Committee selected 15 semi-finalists for personal interviews. In addition to the five finalists listed above, the semi-finalists were: Jacob Blackmon of Hobbs, Chloe Earp of Jal, Elise “Nevaeh” Enriquez of Hobbs, Arissa Frazier of Eunice, Catherine “Channing” Gray of Hobbs, Yaizeth Gurrola-Mares of Hobbs, Tabitha Moody of Hobbs, Kareli Payen of Lovington, Cobe Sandoval of Loving-ton, and Brayden Strickland of Hobbs. Each finalist and semi-finalist will receive a notebook computer next spring during the senior awards presentations at their respective high schools.

Following an additional interview, the independent selection committee will award the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship to one of the five finalists, who will bear the distinction of being a Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholar. The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship will cover the cost of attending four years of undergraduate study, including tuition, lab and other fees, textbooks, and on-campus room and board.

The other four finalists will receive a $20,000 scholarship award, $5,000 per academic year for four years of undergraduate study, which may be used for educational expenses. Several regional universities have agreed to match this Scholarship, dollar for dollar, which essentially doubles the benefits of the Scholarship.

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program, which selected its first class of scholars in 1996, has provided over $4 million in college scholarships since its inception.

The JF Maddox Foundation was established by Jack Maddox and his wife, Mabel, who were longtime residents of Hobbs, and is governed by a board of directors consisting of members of the Maddox family and independent directors.