Ten Cleveland County Students Receive Scholarships from Joseph B. Freeman Jr. Education Fund

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Five Recipients Will Attend Gardner-Webb University

A group photo of the five Freeman Scholars who will be attending Gardner-Webb in the fall
The 2019 Freeman Scholars who will be attending Gardner-Webb in the fall are, from left, Diego Kennedy, Kylee Long, Jarin Watkins, Imone Howze and Quinteze Stroud. GWU photo by 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 2019 winners were named on May 30, 2019, in a ceremony held in Tucker Student Center at Gardner-Webb University. A total of $20,000 in scholarships was provided to the 10 students, and five 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 2019 Freeman Fund Scholars attending Gardner-Webb University are:

  • Jarin Watkins, of Cherryville, N.C., a student at Crest High School, plans to major in music.
  • Quinteze Stroud, of Grover, N.C., a student at Crest High School, plans to major in business.
  • Kylee Long, of Casar, N.C., a student at Burns High School, plans to major in nursing.
  • Imone Howze, of Cherryville, N.C., a student at Burns High School, plans to major in nursing.
  • Diego Kennedy, of Grover, N.C., a student at Kings Mountain High School, plans to major in history.
A group photo of the 10 recipients of the Freeman Scholarships
The 2019 Freeman Scholars are, front row, Jarin Watkins, Kylee Long, LaTydis Johnson, Olivia Ramsey, Imone Howze; and back row, Jocelyn Crosby, Kaylee Hoyle, Diego Kennedy, Quinteze Stroud and Mariah Josey.

Scholars attending other colleges are:

  • Mariah Josey, of Shelby, N.C., a student at Kings Mountain High School, plans to attend the UNC-Charlotte and major in criminal justice.
  • Kaylee Hoyle, of Lawndale, N.C., a student at Burns High School, plans to attend either UNC-Charlotte or UNC-Chapel Hill and major in psychology.
  • Olivia Ramsey, of Lawndale, N.C., a student at Burns High School, plans to attend Lenoir- Rhyne University and major in elementary education.
  • LaTydis Johnson, of Shelby, N.C., a student at Crest High School, plans to attend Appalachian State University, major undecided.
  • Jocelyn Crosby, of Shelby, N.C., a student at Crest High School, plans to attend North Carolina A&T University and major in social work.

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.