Two Transylvania County Students Receive Ruth Elaine Jones Memorial Scholarship

In 2017, CMLC expanded the Ruth Jones Memorial Scholarship to make two $1,500 awards each year - one for a graduating senior at Brevard High School and one for a graduating senior at Rosman High School.

The Ruth Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 to honor Ruth Elaine Jones. Ruth loved the outdoors and had a deep appreciation of the natural world. She was also actively engaged in the community, known for her willingness to help educate others.

The scholarship in her name provides financial assistance to selected individuals who will be attending an accredited institution and wish to pursue a degree in health or environmental sciences. The students who are honored exemplify her passion for community service and learning.

Kieran Roe, CMLC executive director, proudly presented the scholarships to the awardees at the Transylvania County Scholars Banquet on May 18.

Brevard High School's Halee Thomas of Pisgah Forest received the scholarship. Halee has demonstrated both academic achievement and a commitment to community service. She undertook many honors courses throughout her high school career and received the Transylvania County Scholars award her junior and senior years. Halee became a certified nursing assistant and was certified in vision screening in her senior year while completing several nursing classes and an internship with a registered pharmacist. Halee intends to become a registered nurse through the RIBN program, which is a joint program of Blue Ridge Community College and Western Carolina University.

Rosman High School's Allison Whitmire of Rosman received the other scholarship. Allison has demonstrated both academic achievement and a commitment to community service. She undertook many honors courses throughout her high school career, is a N.C. Scholar and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. Whitmire intends to study pre-medicine at Western Carolina University and also intends to become a nurse.

Congratulations to Halee and Allison! We wish you the best for bright and promising futures!  

Halee Thomas (left) and Allison Whitmire (right)

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