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2004 Scholarship Recipient Introductions at May Section Meeting

Local College Scholarships:

Troy Taylor is an outstanding student from GTCC, majoring in Architectural Technology, with plans to eventually become an architect. Heís had a busy few years: only three years ago, he married his wife Michelle, and on March 25, 2003, their son, Tristan Dominic Taylor was born. Troy attends GTCC full-time and also works full-time at Office Max. Despite the demands of fatherhood, work, and school, or perhaps because of them, Troy has managed to stay on the Deanís List every semester, and maintains a 3.78 cumulative GPA. After earning his Associates Degree in Architectural Technology, he plans to start his career as a drafter. Later on, he will further his education at a four-year college and eventually become an architect. We are pleased to recognize Troy for all that he has accomplished thus far, but fortunately or unfortunately, he was unable to join us. While we missed the opportunity to meet him at our annual Spouseís Night Banquet, we were happy to know he couldnít be there because he and his wife won a trip to the Bahamas! We are mailing him a check in the amount of $500.

The next student Iíd like to introduce is also from GTCC. Kehinde Adejumo moved to the US from Nigeria, where he received his primary and post secondary education. He was the best chemistry student in his class in high school. Amazingly, he was a Boy Scout, too, -- weíve always heard itís a worldwide organization, hereís proof! He eventually earned a degree in mining technology. Kehinde spent six months underground in the Okopara Coal Mine in Nigeria on an internship, and eventually immigrated to the United States in 1997. Like many immigrants educated overseas, he found himself starting over, with his determination to succeed undeterred. Mr. Adejumo maintains a 3.57 grade point average in the Civil Engineering Technology program, and plans to continue his education and earn a four year degree in Construction Engineering. He was unable to attend the banquet because he had to travel to Michigan, where he began a ten-week internship with the University of Michigan in their Civil Engineering program. Kehinde is very interested in taking a rain-check for dinner with us and truly looks forward to the opportunity to thank us in person for this award. You, as benefactors, can be certain that this award of $500 makes a difference and is deeply appreciated!

NC A&T has selected Mr. Brian Chatman to receive the scholarship for their school. He is a senior planning to graduate in May with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and plans to eventually earn his MBA. In preparation for his chosen career path Brian has completed an internship every year, including one with GE in Atlanta, and the other with Duke Power in South Carolina. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Collegiate All-American Scholars, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Brian is the recipient of numerous awards including scholarships from Rockwell Collins Metronic and Ford motor Company and the Collegiate All-American Scholars Award in 2003. However, he feels his greatest achievement has been serving as a supplemental instructor for Electronics 1 with the Engineering Department at A&T. In this role, he held study sessions three days a week to help his fellow students. Iím sure his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al and Linda Chatman and his older brother Ardell are very proud of him. It gives us great satisfaction to recognize his hard work and achievement with a scholarship for $1,000.

Forsyth Technical Community College selected a very worthy student this year. Mr. Ross McCrary is graduating from the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program with the highest GPA in his MET class, and is considering going on to a four year institution. He received honors every semester while at Forsyth Tech and also graduated high school with several academic awards. In addition to being a full-time student, Ross has also worked steadily throughout his academic career. He is currently working at FedEx Ground, as he says, ďlearning how a big plant operates smoothly.Ē Previously, he managed a Subway for two years, where he learned to manage people and deal with customers effectively. In the near future his goals include CNC programming and plant supervision. We are delighted to present Ross with a scholarship for $1,000.

DuWayne Carlson Scholarship:

Ms. Mary Moxley, the daughter of Jane and Jerry Moxley of Elkin, NC, was awarded the the DuWayne Carlson Scholarship. Many of you will recognize her father Jerry from the registration table. While his official title is board Member at Large, in addition to preparing the name badges for us, he often works the front table signing us in, giving receipts for our dinner contributions, and anything else he is asked to do. Perhaps taking a cue her fatherís pitch-in and lend-a-hand example, Mary is a very busy young woman who works full-time as a teacherís aide at Boonville Elementary School in a 2nd grade classroom, while attending Lees-McRae College satellite program full-time at night. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with fifth graders when was still in high school, which sparked her interest in education as a career path. She is a past recipient of the Mary Speer Martia Education Scholarship for undergraduates in education. Mary does an impressive job managing her full-time responsibilities as teacherís assistant and student, maintaining an impressive 3.88 cumulative GPA. In fact, she has been on the Deanís List or Presidentís list for the last 4 semesters, and is on track to earn the same 4.0 this semester that she earned last semester! While Maryís varied experiences and leadership activities in high school are impressive, it is her dedication and commitment to her second graders that I find most admirable. It is very gratifying to invest in her future through this scholarship program. This year it is doubly so as we invest in a student who is making an investment of her own.


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