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Chapman Awarded Connestee Falls Scholarship – Transylvania County, NC

Growing up with parents who are both educators, Brennan Chapman feels he was held to a very high standard. His father, Patrick, known to friends and family as Packy, was recently... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By Nona Walker    Education

Connestee Falls Scholarship Winners Announced-Brevard NC

Transylvania County Schools recently announced the recipients of this year's Connestee Falls scholarships. They are a talented and deserving group of 12 seniors from both Brevard... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Nona Walker    Education

Connestee Falls Scholarship Program: Nguyen Adapts To Life In The Big Apple

Despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program has launched its 33rd year of raising money for scholarships for Transylvania... — Updated 4/29/2020


In High School, Nguyen Discovered New Species

Connestee Falls scholarship recipient and 2019 Brevard High School graduate John Nguyen participated in his first science fair when he was in fourth grade. At the time he was still... — Updated 9/18/2019

 By Nona Walker    Education

Romero: From The Philippines To Brevard

Matthew Romero, a 2019 Connestee scholarship winner, was born in the Philippines 18 years ago. When he was only eight hours old, he was entrusted to the care of a family of... — Updated 9/9/2019


Bentley Heads Imaging At Pardee Hospital

Bill Bentley assumed that he would follow in his father's footsteps and go to work at Ecusta. Thus, when he completed Brevard College with an associate's degree in science, he... — Updated 9/4/2019

 By Nona Walker    Education

Scholarship Winner Works For Social Justice

Zeena Abdulkarim is, like all of us, a multi-faceted person. The main characteristics she uses to describe herself is that she is female, black and an activist – all attributes... — Updated 7/31/2019


Scholarship Helps Doug Grimm Pursue Career

Doug Grimm joined the youth choir in his hometown of Savannah, Ga., at the age of 7, and he has been singing ever since. In 2018 he graduated from Brevard High School and was awarde... — Updated 6/17/2019

 By Nona Walker    Education

Connestee Falls Scholarship Winners Named

On Thursday, May 16, Transylvania County Schools held its 36th recognition evening in the Brevard High School Auditorium. Seventeen graduating seniors, two more than last year,... — Updated 6/6/2019


Connestee Falls Kicks Off Another Year Of Providing Scholarships

The Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program has kicked off its 32 year of raising funds for scholarships for Transylvania County students. Last year the program divided $106,500 equally among Blue Ridge Community College,... — Updated 5/8/2019

 By Nona Walker    Education

Scholarship Program Benefits Local Students - Connestee Falls NC

Yet again, the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program has set a fundraising record. Last year, in its 30 year of raising money to help Transylvania County students further... — Updated 12/12/2018

 By Nona Walker    Education

Scholarship Winner Fosnight Is High Achiever

Connestee Falls scholarship winner Aleece Fosnight is a high achiever. A 2003 graduate of Brevard High School, she finished her course work a semester early and started Brevard... — Updated 9/10/2018

 By Nona Walker    Education

Matthew Bailey To Study Science At UNC

Shortly after Matthew Bailey graduated from Brevard High School this year, his research was the subject of an article entitled "Finding a Natural Source of Medicine in Waterfall... — Updated 8/27/2018


Scholarship Recipient Has Best Job In The World

"I have the best job in the whole world, and I get to play with dogs!" said Kory Jones, a 2013 recipient of a Connestee Falls scholarship. Jones is a three-year K-9 patrol officer... — Updated 8/15/2018


Connestee Falls Scholarship Instrumental To Saltz's Success

Kara Saltz is a runner, mountain biker, hiker, camper, animal lover, yoga and qigong practitioner and a businesswoman. She is also the first in her family to go to college, a recipi... — Updated 7/9/2018


Connestee Scholarship Program Delivers Checks

Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program had another record fundraising year in 2017, which culminated in the December presentation of checks totaling $90,000 to Blue Ridge... — Updated 1/8/2018


From Cambodia To Brevard: Determination Helps Tangs Overcome Adversity - Brevard, NC

Joanne Tang comes from a family of very determined people. Her Chinese parents were born in Cambodia and knew each other as children growing up there. But at the age of 15, her... — Updated 8/7/2017

 By Nona Walker    Education

Obstacles Inspire Conforti To Achieve Goals - Brevard, NC

A native of New Jersey, Lisa Conforti now considers Brevard her home. She and her family moved here four years ago, when Lisa was entering her freshman year of high school. At... — Updated 7/10/2017

 By Nona Walker    Education

Guest Column: Barnes Plans To Give Back Through Nursing

By the time Rhiannon Barnes graduated from Brevard High School in 2008, she had already dealt with more challenges than many people deal with in a lifetime. During the summer of... — Updated 6/26/2017

 By Nona Walker    Education

Connestee Falls Scholarships Awarded To High School Seniors

Fourteen graduating seniors from Brevard and Rosman high schools were awarded scholarships from the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program (CFSSP) on Thursday even-ing, May... — Updated 5/29/2017

 By Nona Walker    Education

Scholarship Helps Williams Pursue Vocal Career

(In 29 years, more than $800,000 has been raised and more than 500 scholarships awarded through the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program. But what about the recipients?... — Updated 7/11/2016

 By Nona Walker    Education

Scholarship Helps Local Family Pursue Dreams – Brevard NC

(Statistics can illustrate the effect that a college education will have on a career and earning potential. But there is a leader in Transylvania County government who is living... — Updated 6/27/2016


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