Wilkes Community College announced the 2020-2021 John Greene and Grace Jennings Shepherd Scholarship recipients. The following students each received $1,000; William Prevette, Ronda; Alyssa Royal, Millers Creek; Breanna Ward, Wilkesboro; and Anna Phillips, McGrady.
William Prevete, a graduate of East Wilkes High School, is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree from Wilkes Community College and plans to transfer to a four-year university to study sound engineering and production.
Alyssa Royal, a graduate of West Wilkes High School, is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university for her business degree and then on to law school. Royal’s motivation comes from a quote from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Royal states, “His words not only inspire me but emphasize to me each and every day just how important it is to stay focused on my goals and what I want to accomplish.”
Breanna Ward, a graduate of Wilke Central High School, is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree with plans to transfer to UNCW for her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She wants to be a Physician Assistant.
Anna Phillips, a graduate of North Wilkes High School, is pursuing an Associate in General Education RIBN. Phillips has been accepted into the RIBN program between WCC and Lenior Rhyne. Phillips states, “Receiving a scholarship would be a tremendous financial help to me and my family. I currently have a sibling at a college university so I know how costly it is to take out loans. A scholarship would allow me to get through college with less debt.”
The John Greene and Grace Jennings Shepherd Scholarship was established in 2017 thanks to a gift made to the college from the estate of Carol Madge Shepherd in memory of her parents J. Greene and Grace Jennings Shepherd. It is awarded to four deserving students, one from each of the Wilkes County high schools annually.