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Two recent Shenandoah County high school graduates received surprise scholarships recently.
Central High School's Hope Grant, and Tim Simons, who just graduated from Strasburg High School, were awarded the first-ever Seventeen Second Miracle Scholarships, according to an email from Woodstock resident and New York Times best-selling author Jason Wright.
The $1,500 scholarships are an off-shoot of Wright's recent novel, "The Seventeen Second Miracle," based on the idea that a good deed can be done in as little as 17 seconds, yet change someone else's life.
Wright and his wife, Kodi, set up the fund.
"We wanted to identify someone who has an eye for doing good and doesn't need to be told when to take action to bless the life of someone else," Wright said via email.
School administrators selected the scholarship candidates, according to the email, and Simons and Grant didn't know anything about it until announcements were made at awards ceremonies earlier this month.
"We aimed for those who choose to serve others even when no one is looking and it doesn't matter whether they get a pat on the back or even a thank you," Wright said.
-- Daily Staff Report