STAR SCHOLARS: Four receive Blowing Rock Community Foundation college scholarships

STAR SCHOLARS: Four receive Blowing Rock Community Foundation college scholarships

By David Rogers. June 4, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Four Blowing Rock students received college scholarship awards Tuesday night from the Blowing Rock Community Foundation. The four new recipients bring the current total to 18 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Since the first full scholarship (tuition, room and board, and books) awarded in the late 1990s, more than 100 Blowing Rock students have received scholarships from Blowing Rock Community Foundation, in aggregate totaling over $913,000. Over 90% gave graduated with undergraduate or associates degrees and, according to Foundation chair Sandy Miller, many of those graduating have or are in the process of obtaining advanced degrees.

The 2019 scholarship recipients, including named scholarships where noted:

  • Grace Temple — the fourth recipient of The Ginny and David Stevens Scholarship
  • Breanna Meadows — the third recipient of the David and Nancy Rankin Scholarship
  • Jasmine Van Dyke — the first recipient of the Robert Hess Scholarship
  • Hayley Barker

“On behalf of the foundation,” Miller said, “we are very proud of our scholarship recipients past and present. Many thanks to the members of our community who have contributed time, talent, and resources to support the Foundation and the amazing young people in our community.”

Miller reported that six previous scholarship recipients are graduating or have graduated this spring, including Aaron Dobbins from Campbell University; Haley Banks Harwood from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Austin Northern from Liberty University; Rachel Norwood from Western Carolina University; and Lilly Weeks from Auburn University. Tucker Chasteen will graduate from Liberty University in 2020.

In addition to individual and corporate gifts, Blowing Rock Community Foundation raises money to support its scholarship and grant programs by producing special events such as the Community Foundation Days (including “Groovy Nights,” as well as “Game Day” and golf, tennis, croquet, and pickleball tournaments), among others.


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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