PALATKA, Fla. -- First Coast news is almost done giving away money through the Hero Next Door Student Scholarship program.
Deserving students have received $8,000. Another student received a $1,000 check Monday morning. Trenton Hagist is 17 years-old and goes to Palatka High School.
"I guess my dad signed me up, I didn't know he did but that's pretty cool," says Hagist.
Now, he is $1,000 richer.
"It's an honor to have won this, I watch First Coast News every morning," he says.
Hagist hasn't really had time to process what the money will go towards but might put it towards books or tuition. He plans to go to the University of South Florida to study pre-medicine. He wants to be either a primary physician or an ophthalmologist.
Hagist is dual enrolled at Palatka High School and St. Johns River College. He will have already racked in 56 credit hours by the time he graduates high school.
"The dual-enrollment classes actually present some challenge to me, so that's what I enjoy about it, I like the challenge said Hagist.
He also was on both varsity golf and varsity tennis, is involved in Link Club, Beta Club, is an Eagle Scout, and maintains a 4.5 weighted GPA.
"Keep up with your work. That's all I have to say. I mean, if you do all your work, you're going to have decent grades, and it just happens that I do pretty well at doing that," said Hagist.
There is still one more student who will win a $1,000 scholarship. The winner Wednesday morning will win the grand prize of $5,000.
First Coast News