The Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation presented scholarships to 60 Surry County students during a recent ceremony at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on the Surry Community College campus.
Students, their parents, and school administrators from Surry County, Mount Airy, Millennium Charter Academy and Elkin joined Surry Community College representatives who recognized the achievements of the scholarship recipients.
Guest speaker Levi Goins, assistant principal of Mount Airy Middle School and a member of the first group of Surry County students to receive the Armfield Scholarship in 2002, encouraged recipients to find their passion and pursue it. He emphasized that using one’s talents to enrich the lives of those around us and the community at-large is a most important goal.
The Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation has invested more than $8 million in scholarships for Surry County students through the past 16 years. Armfield Foundation Board President E. Bedford Cannon and board member David Sprinkle, along with foundation staff members Mindy Oakley and Diana Hedgspeth, were special guests. Cannon addressed the group inspiring students to use this scholarship opportunity to fully engage in the learning process, to develop an awareness of the world around them.
Dr. Myra Cox, duperintendent of Elkin City Schools; Dr. Kim Morrison, duperintendent of Mount Airy City Schools; Dr. Travis Reeves, duperintendent of Surry County Schools; Mr. Kirby McCrary, headmaster of Millennium Charter Academy and Dr. David Shockley, president of Surry Community College, participated in the awarding of scholarships to their respective students as follows:
Elkin High School: Mia Burchette, Beau Burgess, Alexander Duncan, Ashley Holsclaw, Jude Lloyd, Sierra Moses, Kaitlyn Poe, and Bailey Young;
Mount Airy High School: Sierra Best, Rebecca Billos, Simon Cawley, Jackson Heath, Maya Hicks, Tyler Keck, and Madeline Mayfield;
Millennium Charter Academy: Julia Southern;
East Surry High School: Nathaniel Badgett, Stephen Chilton, Timothy Gosnell, Jacob Hart, Robert Joyce, Bryan Kistner, who also received the John C. McKenzie Award, Tristin Russell, Cassidy Torrey, and Chelsea Tucker;
North Surry High School: Alexsandra Butcher, Nicholas Conzone, Jonathan Dalton, Amy Depetris, Greta East, Dixie Fulk, Martha Holt, Ashton Lawson, Katherine Parsons, Christopher Smith, and Madison Swinney;
Surry Central High School: Hannah Beasley, Taylor Coe, Savannah Dollyhigh, Luis Martinez, Bryson Moody, Brandon Norman, Destinee Penzo, Daniela Rodriguez, Brooklyn Snow, and Jake Whitaker;
Surry Early College High School of Design: Nidhi Borad, MacKenzie Boyles, Dannis Cazarez, Jessica Frost, Courtland Hardy, Nicole Hernandez, Melanie Irizarry, Abigail Robertson, Jayne Willard, and Kameron Winesett.
Surry Community College: Daniel Ballard, Olivia Jessup, Jennifer Stanley Leftwich, and Elijah Russell.
Questions about this scholarship program should be directed to Diana Hedgspeth at diana.hedgspeth@ArmfieldFdn.org or by visiting the foundation’s website, armfieldscholars.communityforce.com.