BOONE, N.C.—Ten incoming freshmen at Appalachian State University have been awarded the coveted Chancellor’s Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.
As Appalachian’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship, the Chancellor’s Scholarship is designed for students with ambitious academic goals – those who seek graduate or professional post-baccalaureate degrees to become physicians, Ph.D. holders and more.
The scholarship offers full institutional costs for eight semesters, plus other academic and co-curricular benefits including special housing and travel opportunities. Students must maintain a 3.45 minimum grade point average to renew the scholarship. Chancellor’s Scholars may be in any major and in any college.
The 2017 recipients are Cuthbertson High School senior Frances “Claire” Brown of Waxhaw, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Brown; Harrisonburg High School senior Molly Campillo of Harrisonburg, Virginia, daughter of Tonia and Adam; Trinity Preparatory School senior Hayley Canal of Longwood, Florida, daughter of Alfred and Leslie Canal; Wilkes Central High School senior Michael Davis of Wilkesboro, son of Michael and Marie Davis; Ronald W. Reagan High School senior Madeline Gaillard of Clemmons, daughter of Sean and Deborah Gaillard; Northwest Cabarrus High School senior Maya Galvin of Concord, daughter of Paula and Jeffrey Galvin; Atlantic Technical High School senior Melissa Rowe of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, daughter of Matthew and Patricia Rowe; East Mecklenburg High School senior Zykkiah Silver of Charlotte, daughter of Jason Helwich and Chaundrea Silver; Western Guilford High School senior Emma Strange of Greensboro, daughter of Laura and Jason Strange; and Greenville Technical Charter High School senior Lindsey Wise of Simpsonville, South Carolina, child of Howard and Stacey Wise.
About the Scholars
Frances “Claire” Brown
Waxhaw, North Carolina
Brown has been actively involved with Student Council, varsity athletics, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, National French Honors Society and the National Honors Society throughout high school. She has served her community with involvement in several local organizations including Project2Heal where she is a Weekly Mentor with the organization that breeds and trains service dogs to be paired with individuals who otherwise could not afford them. She hopes to pursue a career involving further human space exploration. Her intended major is physics.
Campillo has spent the past year as a research assistant in the Biology Department of James Madison University, studying ways in which a science education influences an individual’s interpretation and understanding of graphs. The summer after her sophomore year of high school, she had the opportunity to live with a host family in Costa Rica and experience cultural immersion. Campillo is a varsity athlete on her school’s cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams and currently serves as president of the Key Club. Her intended major is global studies.
Canal is a varsity athlete, competing in track and wrestling, and the founder/president of her high school’s Save the Manatee Club. A regular volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Nativity Catholic Church, she has traveled to the Dominican Republic to teach English and literature to local students. She is a member of the Thespian Troupe, the yearbook staff and the National Honor Society. Canal is a pianist and songwriter with wide-ranging interests including photography, film studies and foreign affairs. Her intended majors are journalism and sustainable development.
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
An accomplished student-athlete, Davis has served as team captain of the Wilkes Central soccer and swim teams in addition to student body vice president. During summer 2016, he worked as a page for North Carolina’s governor. He hopes to continue his involvement with government during his time at Appalachian and beyond through various internships and political organizations. Davis aspires to one day hold public office. His intended major is political science.
Clemmons, North Carolina
Gaillard is a true lover of learning. A dedicated student and social advocate, she is inspired to change the world in many ways. Gaillard, a passionate environmentalist and political activist, is also a member of her school’s women’s soccer team. Having held positions in the state-wide Youth and Government Program including student delegation leader, Gaillard has organized a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Matthew. She hopes to become an environmental lawyer or possibly a lobbyist for a nonprofit, environmental organization. Her intended major is political science.
Concord, North Carolina
Galvin’s interests are truly interdisciplinary, ranging from chemistry and literature to expressive arts and world history. Having served as social chair on her school’s Student Council and as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Galvin’s passion for leadership and service runs deep. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Younglife, the Northwest Cabarrus High School Varsity Cheerleading Team, and the highly selective dance team The Lee-ettes. She has not yet decided on a major.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Rowe has held crucial leadership roles in several clubs and faith-based organizations including Key Club, National Honor Society, Skills USA and First Priority. Her culinary education has instilled in her a strong sense of appreciation for cultural diversity. She believes that nonconformity is the path to changing the world and is deeply committed to uniting people through their differences. Rowe is fascinated by the chemistry of the body, and she plans to research the differences between cancerous and healthy cells. Her intended major is molecular biology.
Charlotte, North Carolina
A strong believer that education is the key to overcoming life’s obstacles, Silver has dedicated herself to her studies through participation in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and involvement with the National Honor Society. She aims to defy all odds and to use the challenges she has faced as motivation for academic excellence and active, community leadership. Through study of the global hunger crisis, Silver plans to work towards eliminating this epidemic that can prohibit a child from living and maintaining a quality life. Her intended major is global studies.
Greensboro, North Carolina
Strange is a passionate researcher and social justice advocate. During her attendance of Governor’s School in 2016, Strange conducted research about Roe v. Wade. She has also conducted a self-designed study on the effects of LGBT-inclusive sex education on biases towards LGBT people. In addition to her involvement with several clubs and organizations, including Beta Club and Tri M Honors Music Society, Strange is a competitive cellist and currently serves as a student representative to the Guilford County Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Her intended major is sociology.
Simpsonville, South Carolina
An avid explorer of the Appalachian mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wise seeks out challenging environments and thrives on the patterns and logic that the field of mathematics employs. Wise is drawn to the challenges of visual art, specifically drawing and painting, as much as to difficult math problems and intends to major in mathematics and studio art. Recently, Wise partnered with a local community college professor to conduct a year-long research project on color-recursive visual cryptography and has completed and presented two artistic portfolios.
More about the Chancellor’s Scholarship
Scholarship recipients are admitted to The Honors College at Appalachian. This year’s recipients have an average high school grade point average of 4.9 and earned an average 1436 on the SAT college entrance exam and 31 on the ACT composite. As Honors College students, the scholarship recipients participate in small, rigorous classes and produce original research, such as writing an honors thesis.
Chancellor’s Scholars are provided with study-abroad opportunities beginning in their freshman year, as well as classroom and experiential research opportunities. The incoming class of Chancellor’s Scholars will study in Dublin, Ireland, for five days in October as part of an honors course they will be enrolled in fall semester.
In addition, Chancellor’s Scholars receive:
Support for research and scholarship for the summer and academic year through the Office of Student Research for research and scholarship in the student’s target area of study, including travel funds to attend conferences
Access to research support through The Honors College Partnership Board Research Support Fund
Dedicated and personalized, professional mentoring and academic advising from The Honors College faculty and staff
Opportunities for service-learning courses and programs locally and throughout the world, through the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) office with travel cost support from The Honors College
Full study abroad support to any of Appalachian’s 200 partner institution programs around the world for one or more of the eight awarded semesters, including travel cost assistance
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.