Wilkes Community College congratulates the 2017-2018 Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship recipients.

Amber Parker, a native of Ashe County and graduate of Ashe County High School, is a first-year Associate of Arts student. Her plans are to transfer to Appalachian State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in music and become a music teacher. Parker was a member of the Ashe County High School band playing the bass drum and percussion. She enjoys playing several instruments including the piano and violin.

Amber Parker

Cassie Shepherd, a native of Wilkes County and a graduate of Harvest Time Christian Academy in Wilkesboro, was a dual enrollment student at WCC while in high school. She is enrolled in the Human Services program with plans to complete her bachelor’s degree. Shepherd currently volunteers at Harvest Time Christian Academy.

Cassie Shepherd

Allison Elliott lives in the Rock Creek area. She is a graduate of Millers Creek Christian School and is a first year Associate of Arts student with plans to transfer and pursue a graphic design degree. She studied piano and voice and enjoys photography.

Allison Elliott

The Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993 by Trisha L. Austin Stanley. To date the scholarship has helped 89 students with a total of $37,100 awarded in scholarship money. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at MerleFest.

For more information on scholarships or donating to the WCC Foundation, contact the WCC Foundation at 336-838-6491.