Local Students Named 2015 Freeman Scholars

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Gardner-Webb University Announces Annual Scholarship Fund Recipients

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Six local students received a financial boost in their pursuit of a college education as Gardner-Webb University announced the recipients of the 2015 Joseph B. Freeman Jr. Educational Fund scholarships on June 11. Each recipient was recognized during a presentation in Gardner-Webb’s Tucker Student Center.

The Freeman scholarship committee evaluated candidates’ academic achievements, extracurricular activities, personal influences and motivation despite financial need.

2015 Freeman Scholarship Recipients

Recipient                 High School               University Attending                    Anticipated Major

Scarlett Carnett         Burns                          Longwood University                       Theater

Kyle Carroll               Burns                          UNC Chapel Hill                               Biology

Talajah Hutchens      Kings Mountain           UNC Charlotte                                 Chemistry

Edly Massanga          Kings Mountain           Cleveland Community College         Psychology

Rebecca Triplett        Crest                          Gardner-Webb University                 Nursing

Matthew Waller         Burns                          Gardner-Webb University                 Divinity

The scholarship fund was established in 1991 when several local business leaders recognized a need to assist students who excel in academics and in activities beyond the classroom. Founders named the scholarship for the late Joseph B. Freeman, who was head of the Interstate Johnson Lane financial services office in Shelby, N.C. Throughout his life, Freeman was a significant supporter of educational pursuits in Cleveland County.

Each year the Freeman committee seeks students who qualify academically for college but whose unique situations might otherwise prevent them from attending. Since the scholarship’s beginning, at least one recipient each year has enrolled at Gardner-Webb, including two in 2015.

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).