RCC Foundation Announces 2014 Presidential Scholars
ASHEBORO (April 30, 2014)
Randolph Community College 2014 Presidential Scholars, shown here with RCC President Robert Shackleford (sitting center), are (left to right) DeAnna Shumaker of Asheboro, Emily Allred of Franklinville, Chrissy Nutt of Asheboro, Taylor Coble of Staley, and Morgan Brackett of Asheboro.
Five outstanding Randolph County high school students have been chosen in a competitive process to become Presidential Scholars at Randolph Community College for the 2014-2015 school year. Emily Nichole Allred of Providence Grove High School, Morgan Blair Brackett of Southwestern Randolph High School, Taylor Addison Coble of Eastern Randolph High School, Christina “Crissy” Chanty Nutt of Faith Christian School, and DeAnna Nicole Shumaker of Eastern Randolph High School will receive two-year RCC scholarships through the Presidential Scholars program funded by the Randolph Community College Foundation.
High school students from public, private, and home schools throughout Randolph County were invited to apply for the scholarships. Thirteen students who met the preliminary requirements were invited to attend a Presidential Scholars Day at RCC, where they learned more about the College and were interviewed by a committee of faculty and staff members. Ten finalists were chosen and were invited back for a second interview with RCC President Robert Shackleford Jr., who made the final choice of five recipients.
Students’ academic records and extracurricular/community activities weighed heavily in the selection of recipients, as did the interviews.
Emily Allred of Franklinville, who is expected to enroll in the Radiography program at RCC, has been active in the BETA Club and HOSA Club at Providence Grove High School. She is also involved in many activities with her church, Whites Memorial Baptist, including the church choir, music leader for Vacation Bible School, and the Adopt A Highway program. One of her references said that for her graduation project, “Emily chose to help her community. She took a leadership position as she organized a kickball tournament (Kicks for Kids) and raised enough money to purchase 163 pairs of shoes for individuals in need.” Her career goals include helping cancer patients through radiology and to become a medical missionary to Third World countries.
Morgan Brackett of Asheboro plans to earn her Associate in Arts (College Transfer) degree at RCC, then transfer to N.C. State University to study to become a veterinarian. Her high school activities have included being president of the HOSA Club and senior representative of the BETA Club. During her junior and senior year, she also worked part time for a local grocery story, starting as a cashier and was promoted to office manager. She is very active in community service including Horsepower Therapeutic Learning, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and Crossroads Alzheimer’s Unit. “Unlike most students, Morgan not only strives for an A in class, she wants to learn why/how things work the way they do,” said one of her references.
Taylor Coble of Staley is interested in local politics, with aspirations for holding public office in the future. She plans to study in RCC’s Associate in Arts (College Transfer) program and wants to double major in Spanish and Political Science before continuing to law school at the University of Virginia to earn a degree in international law. At Eastern Randolph High School, Coble has been a member of the Choral Ensemble, the FFA Public Speaking Program, and the Randolph County Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. One of her references noted that “Taylor was chosen by her peers to be the ‘Good Citizen’ representative of the senior class.” In addition, she has spent time working with the local American Legion Auxiliary post.
Christina Nutt of Asheboro, who will enroll in RCC’s Associate in Science program this fall, has been active as a cross country runner at Faith Christian School, as well as being a singer for the Praise Team and acting in plays for the Speech/Drama Club. She served as president of the Student Government, is a member of the Honor Society, and has been involved in community service projects such as Special Olympics and Operation Christmas Child. She plans on becoming a gynecologist/obstetrician in order to help women trapped in human trafficking. One of her teachers wrote in a reference letter that Nutt’s “intelligence, coupled with superior character, and a desire to make a difference, makes her an ideal candidate” for the Presidential Scholar program.
DeAnna Shumaker of Asheboro plans to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program at RCC. She has been an officer for the HOSA Club at Eastern Randolph High School and played varsity volleyball, serving as team captain. She has participated in community outreach activities such as bell ringing with the Salvation Army, Operation Red Sleigh, Give a Kid a Coat, and Relay for Life. She says her mother is her role model. “She has shown me through hard work and dedication, anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish,” she said in her application. “By watching my mother, I have learned that giving up on anything simply is not an option.”
RCC Presidential Scholars receive a $2,500 scholarship for their first year of study ($1,250 for fall and $1,250 for spring) that is renewable for their second year of study. The students also participate in RCC’s prestigious Student Leadership Academy, serve as Ambassadors for the College, and meet regularly with President Shackleford.
The RCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a margin of excellence for Randolph Community College by building a strong relationship with the local community, acquiring and managing contributions, and funding activities that support the College.