High School Senior Receives Gardner-Webb University’s Top Scholarship

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Ignite Excellence Comprehensive Scholarship Valued at $158,000 Awarded to Clayton, N.C., Student

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – A Clayton, N.C., high school student has been awarded a comprehensive scholarship to attend Gardner-Webb University.

18-year-old Bridgette Turner, who attends Clayton High School (Johnston County, N.C.), learned of the Ignite Excellence Comprehensive Scholarship award during a surprise ceremony at her home last week. She and more than 200 other students traveled to Gardner-Webb earlier this year to interview for a chance to receive a tuition, room and board scholarship or one of four full-tuition scholarships. Turner was awarded the comprehensive scholarship, valued at more than $158,000 over the course of four years. Members of the GWU Office of Undergraduate Admissions made the announcement among Turner’s family, friends, and teachers.

“Did I get the scholarship?” Turner asked, as the room broke into cheers and applause. Her parents Mark and Iris Turner were quick to offer congratulatory hugs, and her younger sister, Georgia, beamed. “I’m so proud of you, Bridget,” Iris Turner declared, wiping away tears. “You’ve worked so hard; you’ve earned this.”

Left to right: Gretchen Tucker, GWU; Mark Turner; Bridgette Turner; Iris Turner; Yuliya Rigg (GWU)

While an excellent academic record initially qualified Turner for an opportunity to interview for the top scholarship, her outside-the-classroom commitments helped her stand out from other worthy candidates. She volunteers at the elderly home The Brian Center twice a week and at the non-profit organization With Love From Jesus once a month. She has participated in youth group mission trips in North Carolina and Tennessee, and is a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Key Club, and Comets Care Club. She holds leadership positions in the art club and youth leadership council, and is assistant editor of the school yearbook. At Gardner-Webb, Turner plans to major in communication studies and minor in American Sign Language.

The Ignite Excellence Scholarship Program awards one top comprehensive scholarship, four tuition-only four-year scholarships, and several $3,000-per-year renewable academic scholarships. Each candidate participates in an individual interview, a group interview, and a critical thinking/leadership analysis. All students involved in the scholarship interviews were offered a $2,000 scholarship if they decide to attend Gardner-Webb.

Watch GWU Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff as they surprise Bridgette Turner with the news she is the recipient of a four-year, comprehensive scholarship valued at more than $158,000!

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).