Nine Cleveland County Students Receive Joseph B. Freeman Jr. Scholarships

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Three Recipients Will Attend Gardner-Webb University

Freeman Scholars Group Photo
Nine Cleveland County students received scholarships May 30 from the Joseph B. Freeman Jr. Education Fund. Front row, from left, are Georgette Scruggs, representing her daughter Madison Mowery (who was unable to attend), Amber Powell, Taylor Ramsey, Mary “Bekah” Mintz, and Harley Hoppes, and back row, Jaiden Hunt, Austin Hyland, Taylor Angel and Devon Weathers. GWU photo by Dr. Bob Carey

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—For more than 25 years, the Joseph B. Freeman Jr. Education Fund has assisted students in Cleveland County, N.C., in their pursuit of higher education. The 2018 winners were named on May 30 in a ceremony held in Tucker Student Center at Gardner-Webb University. A total of $20,000 in scholarships was provided to nine students, and three of them are planning to attend Gardner-Webb this fall.

The Freeman Fund was named in honor of longtime area business leader, Joseph B. Freeman Jr. At the time of his death in 1991, Freeman managed the Shelby, N.C., office of Interstate/Johnson Lane, an investment and financial advisory service. He was an advocate for higher education and desired to provide talented high school students with additional resources and opportunities to attend college. The education fund was established to reward Cleveland County students for their perseverance and dedication in and out of the classroom, while recognizing Freeman’s legacy of support.

Freeman Fund recipients are awarded based on academic proficiency, extracurricular activities, internal motivation, potential success, and financial need. The Freeman Fund Committee consists of area business leaders and Gardner-Webb University representatives who evaluate worthy candidates.

The 2018 Freeman Fund Scholars are:

Name High School University attending Intended Major
Harley Hoppes Burns GWU Psychology
Austin Hyland Burns GWU Computer Science
Madison Mowery Burns Wingate Political Science
Taylor Angel Burns UNC Political Science/Law
Taylor Ramsey Burns UNC Charlotte Architecture
Mary “Bekah” Mintz Burns UNC Biology
Amber Dowell Kings Mountain UNC-Greensboro Art Education
Jaiden Hunt Shelby GWU Exercise Science
Devon Weathers Crest Appalachian State Psychology

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