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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Phyllis Elliot and Ellen Spencer both received The Dean Prim Scholarship, which awards a $1500 college scholarship to three deserving students and a nine-day all-expenses paid trip to China.

“I probably would have never thought of going to china. It’s literally across the world. It’s very different culture,” said Spencer. “It’s amazing.”

Up until their trip to China this summer, neither Spencer nor Elliot had traveled out of the country.

“One of the things that really impacted my life was the exposure to different cultures,” said Billy Prim, who established the scholarship in honor of his late father. “I thought it would be unique to give high school students the chance to study abroad and learn about different cultures at a time it might impact their life just before they enter college.”

Dean Prim was on the Yadkin County Board of Education and always stressed to his children the importance of giving back, Prim said.

The Dean Prim Scholarship is one of 120 funds The Winston-Salem Foundation administers. Since its inception, more than 14,500 students have received one of the scholarships ranging from a few hundred dollars to a full ride to UNC. But Elliot and Spencer agree, it’s impossible to put a monetary value on an experience such as traveling to China.

“My most favorite part of the trip was going to the Buddhist temples and seeing that religion,” said Elliot. “We learned about it in school but seeing it first hand was amazing.

To learn more about the scholarships through The Winston-Salem Foundation, visit:  http://www.wsfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=265.