The following students have been named recipients of the 2023-2024 Adrienne Necessary Scholarship; second-year nursing students Rebecca Lea, Jordan Schubart, and Abbigale Lentz.

The scholarship is awarded to students who are residents of Wilkes County, enrolled full-time, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and plan to enter a nursing career.

The Adrienne Necessary Scholarship was established at WCC in 2008 by the J.F. Cook Family to honor Adrienne Necessary, who was a long-term employee at Cook’s, Inc. Adrienne Necessary graduated from WCC in 2001 with a degree in nursing and was later employed by Wilkes Regional Medical Center. Her family and friends remember Adrienne as a bright young woman who always wore a smile and brought joy to others.

The Cook family knew Adrienne for many years, and it was their privilege to love and know her. Adrienne Necessary was a very loving and caring young woman, so it was not surprising that she chose a career that calls for those qualities. She was an outstanding person, full of the qualities that make a wonderful nurse. The establishment of the nursing scholarship at Wilkes Community College in her name was their way of honoring her and giving back to the community.

“This scholarship is a way to say thank you to students who are entering this much-needed profession and for taking care of the community,” stated Mark Cook, a member of the J.F. Cook Family.

For more information on scholarships, contact the financial aid office at 336-838-6144.


l-r: Jamey Cook, Rebecca Lea, Abbigail Lentz, Jordan Schubart, Mark Cook, and Allison Phillips, VP of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of WCC Foundation