"None of us who come to Catawba has the same experience and that means even more. Each one of us at Catawba has a different story, but all the different stories tie us together as one," Senior Summer Zuck of Kingston, Tenn., told those gathered at the annual First Family Scholarship Luncheon held Nov. 16. She spoke on behalf of her fellow scholars at the event held in Peeler Crystal Lounge on campus.
Zuck, the recipient of the Leo and Virginia Wallace First Family Scholarships, is president of Catawba’s chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, a member of the women’s volleyball team, and was elected Catawba’s 2005 homecoming queen. She is majoring in elementary education and despite her extra-curricular activities has a 3.973 grade point average.
As she collectively thanked the donors, she recounted her personal experience tutoring a fifth grade student at a local elementary school last spring. She said the fifth grader, who was originally billed as "a girl who left a path of destruction in her wake," connected with her as both a tutor and a friend, and affirmed her desire "to make a difference with my life."
"We all have the opportunity to be the world to an individual," Zuck explained. "I thank the donors for realizing the potential that each of us have and for investing in our futures."
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, however slightly higher or lower SAT scores and GPAs may qualify individuals for consideration and are evaluated on an individual basis. Selected students are invited to campus to compete for 19 scholarships ranging from $10,000 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 several individuals who over the past year had made possible the creation of three new First Family Scholarships, bringing the institution’s total number of First Family Scholarships to 78. These new scholarships included the Bryan and Helen Applefield First Family Scholarship, the Bauk First Family Scholarship, and the Marian B. and William H. Harter, Jr. First Family Scholarship.
The Applefield First Family Scholarship was established by Bryan ’66 and Helen Ertl '67
Applefield of Dothan Alabama. Bryan serves on the College’s Board of Trustees and he and his wife are owners and operators of Goldco, Inc., a holding company of Burger King Franchises.
The Bauk First Family Scholarship was established by Mike ’79 and Elizabeth Peeler ’81 Bauk of Salisbury. Mike serves on the College’s Board of Trustees and is a former member of the College’s Board of Visitors. He serves as chief financial officer for Piedmont Cheerwine Bottling Company.
The Marian B. and William H. Harter Jr. First Family Scholarship was established by Mrs. Harter of Salisbury in memory of her husband who was a 1947 alumnus of Catawba. Preference for this scholarship will be given to residents of Nazareth Children’s Home in Rockwell, N.C. and then to residents of Rowan County who demonstrate financial need and who plan to major in business administration.
Junior Amy Guenther of Asheville, the recipient of the Fred J. Sr. and Elizabeth C. Stanback First Family Scholarship, provided several musical selections. She was accompanied by pianist Laurie Klaus. Senior Brian Messenger of Kannapolis, the recipient of the A. Gregory, Jr. and Christine Peeler Scholarship, offered the invocation before the luncheon.
In addition to Zuck, Guenther, and Messenger, other scholarship recipients included Nicholas Kalogeromitros of Rockwell, Tara Millington of Pallantine Bridge, N.Y., Rachel Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn., Claire Alston of Kernersville, Jessica Kitzmiller of Anapolis, Md., J. Andrew Howe of Salisbury, Meagan E. Robinson of Belmont, Kenzie Brogden of Wilmington, Sarah C. Hamm of Morehead City, Aileen Thomson of Burlington, Vt., Jennifer E. Layton of Bridgeton, N.J., Shannon E. Axtell of Charlotte, Rachel Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn., Emily Hoffman of Tampa, Fla., Sophie Johnson of Charlotte, Justin Duncan of Fayetteville, Jordan C. Hunt of Hartford, Wis., Katharine Goforth of Charlotte, Lauren Whiteley of Greensboro, Haley Lawson of Bermuda Run, Jason Chapman of Salisbury, Katherine Crouch of Charlotte, Jeremiah S. Timmons of Denton, Terri Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt., Blair E. Elder of Yorktown, Va., Christine J. Ofslager of Midlothian, Va., Leah Savanna Farris of Rockwell, Elizabeth Dunkman of Festus, Mo., Ashley Boles of Fort Bragg, Meredith Cartmill of West Barnstable, Mass., Megan Spidell of Rockwell, Nicholas O’Kelley of Asheboro, Lauren Klopp of Lexington, Tiffany Y. Cox of Woodbridge, Va., Lauren C. Connolly of Moon Township, Pa., John T. Poulos of Rockville, Md., Danielle R. Scearce of Salisbury, and Chandra E. Lowe of Budd Lake, N.Y.
Other recipients are Eva J. Manney of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Johnathan C. Menius of Kannapolis, David M. Loehr of Charlotte, Lisa K. Ponce of Tolland, Ct., William D. Randall of Tifton, Ga., Michael A. Lasris of Seaford, Va., Jordan L. Richards of Hendersonville, Heather Schiffhauer of Weaverville, Kristen A. Phillips of Hartwood, Va., Tara L. Ketcham of Plymouth, Ind., Lauren Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md., Paul Saylor of Isle of Palms, S.C., Cecilia Runge of Milford, N.J., Jessica Pruett-Barnett of Georgetown, Del., Dana M. Revelle of Oswego, N.Y., Jessica A. Moretti of Charlotte, Victoria S. Hamilton of Wake Forest, Jared W. Wietbrock of Loganville, Ga., Richard V. Bergeron of Florence, N.J., Jennifer L. Mehl of West Creek, N.J., Amanda M. Nantz of Troutman, Brianna J. Raymond of Spring Hill, Fla, Daniel S. Hines of Yorktown, Va., Lindsay M. Stobaugh of Greensboro, Joseph R. Yow of High Point, Kristan M. Higgins of Wilmington, Cathrine Balentine of Charlotte, and Megan A. Kittle of Winchester Ontario.