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Bel Air High grad Xuan Bui wins local Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship

2:21 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

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Bel Air High School graduate Xuan Bui said she was really excited to learn she was selected as a recipient of a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship. It felt like her hard work of finding and completing scholarship applications had paid off, especially because the competition for scholarships has always seemed daunting to her.

Biu plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology; however, she has yet to declare a major. She says that 10 years from now, she hopes to have a job related to math or science. Most importantly, though, she hopes that she will be a confident young woman who can adapt to whatever life throws at her.

"I was worried that attending an expensive college would burden me with debts that would take many years to pay off," Biu said. "But thanks to the generosity in distribution of scholarship money, I can pursue my dream college with one less concern."

Bui is one of 26 students selected to receive a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship this year.

The best advice Bui received about the college scholarship application process, she said, came from her high school guidance counselor who told her, "I can't guarantee that you'll get the scholarship if you apply, but I do know that if you don't apply, you definitely won't get the scholarship."

The Jimmy Rane Foundation has awarded 230 college scholarships to outstanding and deserving students since it was established in 2000. Jimmy Rane, founder of Abbeville, AL-based Great Southern Wood Preserving Incorporated, and well-known for his portrayal of the character "Yella Fella" in the company's popular commercials, hosts an annual golf tournament each May as the single fund-raising event for the foundation, drawing both corporate and individual sponsors. The golf tournament brings together more than 60 sports celebrities and has featured guest speakers such as Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, Mack Brown, Marcus Allen, Gene Stallings, Kirk Herbstreit and, most recently, Emmitt Smith. For more information, visit http://www.jimmyranefoundation.org.