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WEF awards $78,000 in scholarships for 2017-2018

The Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) board approved $78,000 in scholarships to be awarded for the 2017-2018 year. Scholarships include the Della Arnold Scholarships awarded to students in Wilkes, Iredell and Yadkin counties who are pursuing religious education; G. Gerald Hendley Family Scholarships awarded to individuals in Wilkes County pursuing careers in the medical fields; and Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) Scholarships awarded to Wilkes County students based upon scholastic achievement, personal essay, community service and financial need.

Della Arnold Scholarship of $500 was awarded to Miranda Tedder, North Wilkes HS.

G. Gerald Hendley Family Scholarships were awarded to Anna Brooks ($25,000), Wilkes Central HS; Victoria Elledge ($10,000), West Wilkes HS; Madison Lira ($5,000), West Wilkes HS; and Lynda Matheny ($5,000), West Wilkes HS. College students Kandis McNeill and Emma Parsons were each awarded $2,500.

Wilkes Education Foundation Scholarships were awarded to Tanner Bailey ($10,000), Wilkes Central HS; and $1,000 each to Evelyn Grimsley, East Wilkes HS; Alex Dauer, West Wilkes HS; Andrew Norman, East Wilkes HS; Delayne Jolly, North Wilkes HS; Evan Shepherd, West Wilkes HS; Lindsay Greene, Wilkes Central HS; Chase Spicer, North Wilkes HS; Lynda Matheny, West Wilkes HS; Anna Brooks, Wilkes Central HS; and Victoria Elledge, West Wilkes HS.

Additionally, $7,500 was awarded to Wilkes Community College to assist Wilkes County School graduates with priority consideration given to those who have participated in the Career & College Promise program and/or earned a platinum, gold or silver-level Career Readiness Certificate.

WEF officers and committee chairs comprise: Lee Bentley, president; Arnold Lakey, vice-president; Carolyn Triplett, secretary; Jody Hamby, treasurer; Bill Myers, assistant treasurer; David McNeill, fundraising/Hugh Martin Memorial Golf Tournament chair; Danny Holman, Mini-Grants Chair; Marcia Reynolds, nominations and WEF Scholarships, G. Gerald Hendley Family Scholarships and Della Arnold Scholarships chair; and Gordon Burns, public awareness chair.

Funding for grants and scholarships is obtained from individual and corporate contributions, the annual Hugh Martin Memorial Golf Tournament and endowment income.
The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools. For information about contributing to the WEF, contact Jody Hamby, 309 9th St., North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, or call 336-667-1121.

WEF 2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients
Marcia Reynolds, chair of the Nominations and WEF Scholarships committee, presents checks to Tanner Baily (left), recipient of $10,000 WEF Scholarship, and Anna Brooks (right), recipient of $25,000 G. Gerald Hendley Family Scholarship.