Foundation awards scholarship ‘Oscars’

Published 9:20 am Thursday, May 12, 2016

The stars of the evening were brightly shining April 26 as Davie Community Foundation awarded 83 scholarships to 53 students in the class of 2016.

High school seniors from across Davie County gathered with their families and foundation donors at the Brock Performing Arts Center, as more than $107,000 of scholarships were awarded.

Hosts were Jane Simpson, foundation president and CEO, and George Webb, foundation chair.  They introduced board members, who described the scholarships. Each presentation ended with the opening of an envelope announcing “the Scholarship Oscar goes to…” bringing about surprise and excitement as names were read and trophies presented.

“The Oscar theme is a tradition now,” said Webb. “The students love it and our donors enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the high school recipients of their named scholarships. It has turned out to be a great way to honor our young people and give them the opportunity to meet and thank the donors.”

This was the most competitive group of students applying, as scholarship committees selected from 144 applicants, Simpson said. Now in its 28th year, the Davie Community Foundation has awarded more than $630,000 in scholarship dollars to residents of Davie County.Sixty-two endowed scholarships are administered by the foundation, with nine first-time scholarships being awarded this year.

In addition to the high school recipients awarded at the Oscars, 18 college students received awards.  Scholarships have a variety of criteria and focuses set by the donors who establish them.

The foundation’s SURF Board Youth Grantmakers welcomed guests.

For more information about existing scholarship endowments or about establishing new ones, visit or contact Simpson at 336-753-6903;   

Scholarships awarded to high school recipients:

• Angie Slabach Memorial Scholarship – Gabriel Gonnella.

• Bobby and Bernice Knight Scholarship – Hannah Sprinkle.

• C.J. Mullens Scholarship – Shodeah Kelly.

• Christian Shane Fleming Memorial Scholarship – David Neal.

• Community Scholarship – Caroline Davis, Austin Lowery, Jack Robinson, Hannah Shuskey, Michael Walker.

• Crenshaw Family Scholarship – Jana Yount.

• CW & Barbara Allen Scholarship – Emma  Etter.

• Davie County Crosby Scholarship – Grace Cain, John Howard, Kasey Potts, Logan Prysiazniuk.

• Davie County Education Scholarship – Nicolas Gonnella.

• Davie County Training School – Central Davie High School Reunion – Keri Tatum,  Angel Williams.

• Davie High Class of 1959 Scholarship – Jordan Butcher.

• Davie High Class of 1959 Scholarship – Casey Snyder.

• Davie High Class of 1959 Scholarship – Emily Stiller.

• Davie High Class of 1962 Scholarship – Madison Kitchene.

• Davie High Class of 1963 Scholarship – Summer Bivins.

• Davie High Class of 1974 Scholarship – Forrest Barber.

• Davie High Class of 1976 Scholarship – Kaitlin Fletcher.

• Diana Springer Scholarship Trust – Seth Little.

• Dianne and Allen Snipes Family Scholarship – Maria Stillson.

• Grady McClamrock Sr. Scholarship – Jana Yount.

• Hanes Smith Scholarship – Emily Stiller.

• Helen C. Gantt Memorial Scholarship – Hannah Melton.

• Helen Page Crenshaw Scholarship – Jana Yount.

• Hillsdale Real Estate Group Scholarship – Molly Hartness.

• Huston “Jim” Frye and Vickie Frye Scholarship – Samuel Harvey.

• Jackie Lee Nichols Memorial Scholarship – Kasey Potts.

• James and Esther Wall Scholarship – Jaylee Miller.

• James E. and Lelia N. Essic Scholarship – Summer Bivens, Samuel Harvey, Destiny Lee,                                                 Emily Stiller.

• James Illing Scholarship – Zachary Oxendine.

• James McGuire Scholarship – Galeas Glamar.

• James McGuire Scholarship – Troy Hunter McDaniel.

• James McGuire Scholarship – Wyatt Roby.

• Jerry Lynn Berrier Scholarship – Maria Stillson.

• Jim Bremer Memorial Scholarship – Shodeah Kelly.

• Jim Tutterow Memorial Scholarship – Molly Hartness.

• Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship – Elisabeth Beauchamp.

• Louise Stroud/Jessie Stroud Hinkle Music Scholarship – Wyatt Roby.

• MALL MARK Eagle Scout Scholarship – James Hanon Dobbins.

• Marvin Lester Williams Scholarship – Andrew Whitesell.

• Mary Wilson Stone Rodwell Scholarship  – Hannah Shuskey.

• Miller Building and Remodeling Scholarship – Johnson Marklin.

• Mocksville Masonic Lodge 134 Scholarship – Austin King.

• North Davie Ruritan Scholarship – Summer Bivins, Austin Childress, Lindsey Custer,  Jaylee Miller, Casey Snyder.

• Odell and Dorothy Williams Scholarship – Samuel Harvey.

• Phyllis Potter Leadership in Education Scholarship – Molly Hartness.

• Richard and Elaine Williams Scholarship – Samuel Harvey.

• Rosa and James Clyde Cook Sr. Memorial Scholarship – Shelby Reich.

• Rotary Club of Mocksville Scholarship – Katelyn Hernandez, Jack Ratledge, Nick Simmons, Allison Staley, Caleb Wallace.

• Roy and Ruth Eldridge Scholarship – Emma Etter, Gabriel Gonnella, Emily O’Connor, Andrew Whitesell, Alexis Williams.

• Ruby Morris Markland Memorial Scholarship – William Clontz.

• Samuel P. Hall Memorial Scholarship – Kaitlin Fletcher.

• Spurgeon Goss Memorial Scholarship – Austin King.

• Tom Cowden Memorial Scholarship – Shodeah Kelly.

• Web and Virginia Laird Scholarship – Kasey Potts.

• White-Martin Scholarship – Peyton Jones, Madison Kitchene, Brittani Mohat, Emmalee Smart, Casey Snyder, Abigail Vogler.