Terrell L. Scruggs Scholarship Winners Announced


June 22, 2017

The 5th annual award for the Terrell L. Scruggs Scholarship has been presented to 13 graduates of Rosman High School and Brevard High School. This scholarship fund was established in 2012 by the City of Brevard to honor previous finance director, Terry Scruggs, who died in 2011.

Scruggs, a lifetime Transylvania County resident and community leader, enjoyed extending a helping hand to the youth of his community. Following Scruggs’s example of servant leadership, the Terrell L. Scruggs Scholarship Award was presented based on character, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, volunteer work, commitment and community involvement.

Through an annual golf tournament and individual donations, the Terrell L. Scruggs Scholarship has awarded $40,500 to 39 recipients in five years.

The scholarship’s advisory board is proud to announce the following 2017 award winners:

Rosman High School

Gavin “Drey” Owen received $1,000 to begin his college career at Tri-County Tech Community College and later, transfer to Clemson University Honors College to study engineering. His many extracurricular activities and honors included FFA, Student Body President, editor of the yearbook, Amateur Theatrical Society and valedictorian.

Ressie Mae Owen plans to attend Gardner-Webb University Nursing School and then Duke University to obtain a MSN. High school activities included Yearbook staff, FBLA, Student Council, and 2016 Homecoming Queen. Ressie believes communities are the backbone of America giving one a sense of belonging. Ressie received a $1,000 award.

With a high school career highlighted by excelling academically and athletically, Tara Reid was captain two of four years on the RHS basketball team. She was active on the yearbook staff and in HOSA. In addition, she found time to be a community volunteer and complete mission trips. With a $1,000 scholarship, Tara plans to attend AB-Tech to become a dental hygienist.

Cady Suddeth was quite busy during her RHS years. She was on yearbook staff, Youth Speak, VIZ Leadership Program and 4 -H. Characterized as a strong leader who will make a difference in her community, Cady plans to attend UNC-C to earn a B.S. in biology and eventually pursue the forensic science field. Cady received a $1,000 T.L. Scruggs Scholarship.

Accepted into Western Carolina University’s Honors College to study forensic psychology, Kristin Zachry brought joy and entertainment to her community with seven years of service in band and as drum major her senior year. She believes participating in RHS’s band has helped her learn teamwork, discipline, resilience, time management, manners and respect. Kristin received a $1,000 award.

Referenced as “… a young lady with a heart to serve and help others from all walks of life,” Mary “Abby” Ammons has an impressive academic record as well as participation in soccer, basketball and cross-country. Most important to her is serving an internship through the Montana Baptist Convention to the children of the Flat Head Indian Reservation. Receiving a $500 scholarship, Abby plans to attend Appalachian State University to study social work.

Recognized as an active volunteer in not only school activities but also community, Robin Dale Crowe has been an integral part of the RHS band, serving as its clarinet section leader. She participated in the Amateur Theatrical Society, choir, and Prom Committee. Importantly, she amassed many hours through service to the Rosman-Fire Rescue, Inc., Tiger Town Thrift Store, and the T.C. Animal Shelter. Receiving a $500 T.L. Scruggs Scholarship, Robin plans to attend either BRCC or Brevard College to major in history education and to complete paramedic and firefighter certifications.

Brevard High School

Described as one who works equally as well as an enthusiastic follower or as an organized, dedicated leader, Lisa Conforti balanced a rigorous, academic load while being actively involved with extra-curricular activities. These included Color Guard captain, secretary of the Acceptance Club, and vice president of the National Honor Society. With passion for community service, Lisa has helped with The Haven and served as an elementary reading tutor. With plans to major in psychology at Appalachian State University, Lisa has received a $1,000 T.L. Scruggs Scholarship.

Hannah Gordon has been recognized as being full of determination, a leader and a graduate with a servant’s heart. Quiet and shy, her unassuming presence has been filled with strength and compassion for those whom she served. As a team leader on the BHS volleyball team, however, her demeanor changed to include a booming voice with her “good eye” as a setter. A role model for others, Hannah plans to major in psychology and minor in occupational therapy at North Greenville University. Hannah received a $1,000 award.

While maintaining an exceptional academic record, volunteering for numerous community causes and events, Madison Graham has enjoyed part time employment as a certified nursing assistant and a certified medication technician at College Walk. She participated in numerous school activities such as HOSA, VIZ Leadership Program, SPIRIT Program, Student Council, Senior Class President, and squad leader and officer in Marine Corps JROTC. Receiving a $1,000 Scruggs Scholarship, Madison will attend UNC-C to major in nursing and minor in Spanish and Business.

As a member in National Honor Society and a recent inductee into the National Technical Honor Society, David Howell was active on campus, primarily with leadership in FFA. He served as an officer for three years and led FFA community fundraisers for two years. David’s strong belief in community service has been reflected as a Chamber of Commerce volunteer for almost two years. With a $1,000 award, he plans to attend Appalachian State University to major in construction management and civil engineering.

Recognized as a Transylvania County Scholar and a leader involved in many campus and community activities, Halee Thomas was most known for her active role in HOSA, including two American Red Cross blood drives, as well as teaching and assisting at nursing homes and Transylvania Regional Hospital. She is a certified nursing assistant and has been pursuing her pharmacy technician certification at BRCC. Already characterized as a community leader, Halee has felt her greatest contribution was to assist the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Dept. with Shop with a Cop for four years. She described this event as an amazing way for community to come together to help its children. Halee has received $1,000 to begin a dual enrollment program through Blue Ridge Community College and Western Carolina University to earn Associate and B.S. degrees in nursing.

Described as determined and hardworking at whatever goals he pursues, Cameron Thomas Wilson has enthusiastically challenged himself to improve in academics, music, sports and leadership. These attributes were highlighted by four years in BHS band serving as section leader and drumline captain, FFA, Hunter Safety and Shooting Team, VIZ Leadership Program, and Transylvania Youth Council. With four years participation and leadership on the tennis team, a moment of pride was winning the first state doubles tennis championship with Liam Baer in Brevard High’s history. With a value of being a positive light in people’s lives, Cameron received $1,000 to attend Liberty University. His major is undecided.

The Terrell L. Scruggs Scholarship Advisory Board will host its annual golf tournament on Aug. 12 at Connestee Falls Golf Club. Registration information is located on the City of Brevard website.


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