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Justice Forester, with his parents by his side, receiving his scholarship check from the Salem Kiwanis Club. The Glenvar High graduate will attend Virginia Tech in the fall.

What is the lowest interest rate I can get? Which loan provider should I choose? Those are some of the questions that millions of teenagers seek answers to every year. Research indicates that it takes the average college graduate 21 years to pay off their student loans.

There are over 300 Salem seniors that will be attending college or trade school in the fall. Many of them have received scholarships to help cover their expenses.

The Salem Kiwanis Club is an organization that supports teenagers through the Key Club, a high school Kiwanis group. Three students were awarded a combined $4,000. Salem High graduate Alyssa Martin, who will be attending Longwood University, received $1,500. Future Virginia Tech Hokie and Glenvar graduate Justice Forester also received $1,500. The Bill Gore Scholarship, named after a beloved member who passed away last year, was given to Matthew Reed who will be attending William & Mary College.

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