Brevard High School Senior Hannah Field has been awarded CMLC's Ruth Jones Memorial Scholarship of 2016!
While attending Brevard High School, Hannah was heavily involved in both her school and the community. "Service projects, clubs, and volunteer opportunities of all shapes and sizes," Hannah wrote in her application, "have all been important factors in allowing me to become a productive member of my community." As club president, member of the Student Council, participant in volunteer and leadership roles, and competitor in a variety of competitions during her high school years, Hannah has had a true impact on both her school and the community. Hannah is also a Transylvania Scholar and in the top 10 students of her class thanks to her dedication and high grades.
The awarded $1,500 will aid Hannah in her journey through college and pursuit of a career. She intends to attend Appalachian State University this Fall to pursue an undergraduate degree in Geology or a double-major in Geology and Sustainable Development (with a concentration in Environmental Studies). In the future, Hannah hopes to become involved in research dealing with the efficient recovery and conservation of geologic resources, as well as the economic impacts that these methods have on society.
Good luck, Hannah!
The Ruth Jones Scholarship was established in 2015 by CMLC in honor of life-long Transylvania County resident and Brevard High School graduate Ruth Elaine Jones.
Jones passed away in June 2011, leaving us suddenly—and far too early—at the age of 56. Ruth will be missed, but her legacy—and embodiment of her values—will forever live on. Bequeathing her estate to CMLC, the local land trust ensured the permanent protection of the rural character and natural beauty of her Cedar Mountain farm via a conservation easement in 2014.
“Ruth devoted her life to her church, her community, her friends, and her parents, never asking for or expecting anything in return,” said Brevard resident Mark Tooley, Ruth’s friend. “She always had a smile on her face.”
CMLC also created the Ruth Jones Scholarship in dedication to her love of the outdoors, her appreciation of the natural world, and her career in giving to her community and helping to educate others.
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to selected individuals attending an accredited university, college, or technical college, who wish to pursue a four-year degree in health or environmental sciences, including but not limited to: biology, environmental science, health education, pre-medicine, nursing, agriculture, forestry, natural resource conservation, or wildlife science.
The award shall emphasize academic achievement but will also include participation in extra-curricular activities and community service that exemplify Ruth’s service to others. Applicants must also show a demonstrated desire to continue educational pursuits in one of the fields listed above.
The Ruth Jones scholarships awarded through this program are intended to benefit bona fide residents of Transylvania County and graduates of Brevard High School.