Catawba College freshman, Katherine "Katy" Hill, of Fayetteville spoke on behalf of her fellow First Family Scholars when they gathered for an annual luncheon with their donors on April 12 in Peeler Crystal Lounge on campus. She said it was a First Family Scholarship
that brought her to Catawba and that due to the overwhelming generosity of the donors, she and her fellow scholars have "the chance to experience a fulfilling and exciting college career."
The First Family Scholarships are Catawba’s most prestigious scholarships. Students who have been accepted at Catawba are invited to participate in competition for them each year based on their overall grade point average and SAT scores. In general, an 1150 SAT (ACT 25 or greater) and a 3.5 GPA are required to be eligible to compete. Selected students are invited to campus to compete for scholarships ranging from $14,500 to full tuition. Competition includes a series of faculty interviews, writing an essay on why a student aspires to be a scholarship recipient, and providing confidential written recommendations from teachers or administrators concerning their abilities, academic achievement, character and motivation.
Catawba College Senior Vice President Tom Childress recognized Mrs. Betsy Rich and Mr. James Williamson, each of whom established new First Family Scholarships over the past year. The addition of the Maynard L. Rich First Family Scholarship and the James L. Williamson Scholarship in Accounting First Family Scholarship increases the total number of Catawba’s First Family Scholarships to 80.
The Maynard L. and Paul L. Rich First Family Scholarship was established by Betsy Rich of Salisbury, in memory of her husband, Dr. Maynard "Frosty" Rich, and her son, Paul. Dr. Rich was a retired Catawba psychology professor and Paul was a 1979 Catawba graduate. Preference for this scholarship will be given to students who demonstrate a caring spirit and sense of high moral values and who have chosen to major in a service profession.
The James L. Williamson Scholarship in Accounting First Family Scholarship was originally an endowed scholarship that has reached the First Family level. Williamson, a 1954 graduate who resides in Charlotte with wife Joanne, is a retired partner of KPMG Peat Marwick. He currently serves as a member of Catawba’s Board of Trustees and chairs its Finance Committee.
Senior Jordan Richards, the recipient of the Ethel Fleming Rink Memorial First Family Scholarship, provided musical entertainment with his rendition of "Night and Day," by Cole Porter. He was accompanied by pianist Angela Lowry. Shannon Axtell, from Charlotte, the recipient of the C. Ray and Deane Fleming Scholarship, offered the invocation before the luncheon.
College President Dr.Robert Knott reminded those gathered of the diverse array of talents that the First Family Scholarships have brought to Catawba. He said, "One in twelve of our students are First Family Scholars. They are seedlings that have the ability to change the climate of Catawba and transform our future".
Dr. Carl Girelli, vice president of student academic development, introduced other scholarship recipients including Claire Alston of Kernersville; Shannon Axtell of Charlotte; Cathrine Balentine of Salisbury; Caitlin Becka of Wilmington; Ashley Boles of Ft. Bragg; Kenzie Brodgen of Wilmington; Adam Carter of Thomasville; Meredith Cartmill of Rotunda West, Fla.; Rebecca Chinnis of Charlotte; Lauren Connolly of Moon Township, Pa.; Tiffany Cox of O’Fallon, Ill.; Justin Duncan of Raeford; Elizabeth Dunkman of Festus, Mo.; Lauren Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md.; Blair Elder of Seaford, Va.; Leah Farris of Rockwell; Kevin Flebbe of Vineland, Ky.; Katharine Goforth of Charlotte; Amy Guenther of Asheville; Victoria Hamilton of Wake Forest; Sarah Hamm of Morehead City; Daniel Hines of Yorktown, Va.; Josh Hodgson of High Point; Emily Hoffman of Tampa, Fla.; Emily Horton of Salisbury; Andrew Howe of Salisbury; Amber Hughes of Seattle, Wash.; Jordan Hunt of Hartford, Wis.; Lindsey Jackson of Dana; Sophie Johnson of Charlotte; Nicholaos Kalogeromitros of Rockwell; Tara Ketcham of Plymouth, Ind.; Meagan Kittle of Winchester, Ontario; and Jessica Kitzmiller of Sandy Ridge.
Other recipients are Lauren Klopp of Lexington; Michael Lasris of Seaford, Va.; Jennifer Layton of Bridgeton, Ky.; Amanda Lederer of Bradenton, Fla.; Matthew Lewis of Newark, Md.; David Loehr of Charlotte; Kali McCullough of Columbia, Tenn.; Jennifer Mehl of West Creek, N.J.; Johnathan Menius of Kannapolis; Tara Millington of Palatine Bridge, N.Y.; Jessica Moretti of Charlotte; Amanda Nantz of Troutman; Christine Ofslager, Midlothian, Va.; Nicholas O’Kelley of Asheboro; Kristen Phillips of Hartwood, Va.; Lisa Ponce of Tolland, Conn.; John Poulos of Rockville, Md.; Jessica Pruett-Barnett of Georgetown, Del.; Rachel Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn.; Meagan Robinson of Belmont; Cecilia Runge of Milford, N.J.; Paul Saylor of Isle of Palms, S.C.; Heather Schiffhauer of Weaverville; Meghan Schneider of Berlin, Conn.; Thomas Sharp of Concord; Megan Spidell of Rockwell; Lindsay Stobaugh of Greensboro; Aileen Thomson of Burlington, Vt..; Jeremiah Timmons of Denton; Lauren Whiteley of Greensboro; Jared Wietbrock of Grayson, Ga.; and Joseph Yow of High Point.