Jamestown native awarded scholarship

JAMESTOWN – Jacob Rhoades, of Jamestown, was recently named a Kia Motors Great Unknowns Scholar. Among 16 students chosen across the United States, Rhoades received a $20,000 four-year scholarship from the car manufacturer and was honored at the Kia National Dealers Conference banquet in Las Vegas on Nov. 13.

Jamestown High School’s 2018 valedictorian, Rhoades is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, studying economics at the Ivy League institution where he is a Ben Franklin honors scholar. 

Kia Motors used the money saved by eliminating a celebrity from their 2019 Super Bowl ad to create The Great Unknowns Scholarship to assist students. The goal was to discover and reward young Americans who embody the spirit of “Give It Everything” in their schools and communities.

Rhoades is also a recipient of four-year scholarships from the National Elks Foundation sponsored locally by the Greenville Elks Club. He is a four-year Maguire Foundation and Pennsylvania Society scholarship winner. A dean’s list student, Rhoades is a sophomore who competes nationally on Penn’s eSports Club Team, participates in the Polybian Society, and plays intramural basketball. He is the son of Doug and Malissa Rhoades of Hartstown, and Margo DePolo of Jamestown.

Named Pennsylvania’s 2017 Samsung American Legion Scholar at Keystone Boys State sponsored by Greenville American Legion, Rhoades was also awarded a national scholarship by the Burger King McLamore Foundation. Locally, he received the David Veverka Memorial Scholarship, Tom Burns Scholarship, Jamestown Lions Club Scholarship, Bost Family Scholarship, Jamestown Alumni Award, Merle Higgins Award, Jamestown VFW and AmVets scholarships, and Jamestown Education Association Scholarship.

A video introducing the Great Unknowns winners and how they “Give It Everything” and more information on The Kia scholarship program can be found at www.thegreatunknowns.org

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