Dozens of scholarships are up for grabs for students of Gaston College, including a new law enforcement scholarship honoring fallen Cpl. Katelyn Self.
The Gaston College Foundation has distributed more than $1 million in scholarships to students over the last five years, thanks to then foundation’s generous donors. Students can now apply for more than 80 scholarships, including three new and notable awards.
The mother and sister of Katelyn Self – a Gaston County Sheriff’s Office corporal and Gaston College grad who tragically died in May 2018 – recently established a scholarship at the college in memory of Self, which will be awarded to students pursuing a law enforcement career. Recipients will receive $500 annually.
Plato Pearson, Jr. endowed $150,000 for the Bet Pearson Nursing Scholarship in January. The scholarship, established in in memory of Pearson’s wife, who passed away last December, will assist those who are currently working in healthcare and are advancing their nursing careers.
At least two Bet Pearson Nursing scholarships, a maximum of $3,000 each, will be awarded annually starting this fall.
The Gaston Lifestyles Magazine Scholarship, one of the foundation’s newest scholarships available, was established by Mo and Deborah Ally. The annual scholarship provides $500 to a promising student pursuing higher education in small business administration.
Mo founded the Gaston Lifestyles Magazine in 2012 to uplift the community by showcasing its vast cultural richness by covering people, arts, entertainment, travel, social, and fashion.
“Mo and I are firm believers that attending a community college is a good next step after high school,” said Deborah, publisher of the magazine, in a press release. “In addition to featuring Gaston College in Gaston Lifestyles Magazine we wanted to give financial support to our belief and decided the best way to do this was by establishing a Gaston College scholarship.”
“These new scholarships give us even more capacity to help Gaston College students reach their educational goals,” said Luke Upchurch, Interim Executive Director of the Gaston College Foundation. “We are grateful to those whose generosity is empowering others to achieve their dreams.”
Foundation scholarships are awarded on a rolling application basis, with most awards made during the summer prior to the fall semester. Applicants should apply with their Gaston College email through Academic Works before April 30 for priority review.
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