Ten Local Students Named 2012 Freeman Scholars

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Freeman Fund has offered educational assistance for more than two decades 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.— Ten local students will realize their dream of pursuing a college education thanks in part to the Joseph B. Freeman Jr. Educational Fund, which has been providing financial assistance to outstanding Cleveland County students for more than two decades.  The fund is specifically designed for students who qualify academically for college but whose unique situations might prevent them from attending.

During a presentation at the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 19, recipients were presented with Freeman Fund financial awards ranging from $500 to $2,000.  Since the scholarship’s inception, at least one Freeman Fund recipient has enrolled each year at Gardner-Webb University.  This year, five recipients will attend Gardner-Webb, while the five others will study at universities around the Carolinas.

Established in 1991, the scholarship was named for the late Joseph B. Freeman, who fro many years was head of the Interstate Johnson Lane office in Shelby, N.C. Throughout his life, Freeman was a visible supporter of educational pursuits in Cleveland County.

The Freeman Scholarship was established when several local business leaders saw the need to recognize students for excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, personal influences and motivation, despite financial need.  Today, a committee of local business leaders and Gardner-Webb officials select the recipients after an extensive evaluation process.

Scoot Dixon, Gardner-Webb’s senior vice president for community relations, introduced this year’s recipients.  “The Freeman Scholarship recognizes young people with a desire to complete their college education and help others do the same,” Dixon said. “Mr. Freeman would be very proud of you, and of the many students his scholarship has assisted for the past two decades.”

2012 Joseph B. Freeman Scholarship Recipients:

Recipient High School University Attending Anticipated Major
Rex Beam Crest Bob Jones Music Education
Amma Boakye Kings Mountain UNC Chapel Hill Biology
Katlyn Conner Burns Appalachian State Special Education
Angel Lewis Crest UNC Greensboro Nursing
Zach Parker Crest Gardner-Webb Political Science
Isaac Pearson Kings Mountain Gardner-Webb Business Administration
Brayden Pruitt Crest Gardner-Webb Nursing
Sarah Scoggins Kings Mountain Gardner-Webb Secondary Education
Chrissy Taylor Shelby NC State Political Science
Davis Westbrook Crest Gardner-Webb Music Education