BOONE, N.C. — Six students have been named Wilson Scholars at Appalachian State University. The Wilson Scholars Program is the university’s premier, merit-based scholarship program that blends academic excellence, leadership and service. It covers full institutional cost and provides students with an additional $10,000 experiential learning stipend.
The 2018 recipients are East Mecklenburg High School senior Annabelle “Annie” Manges, of Charlotte; A.C. Reynolds High School senior Hannah Lancaster, of Asheville; Heritage High School senior Kara Haselton, of Raleigh; Pensacola High School senior Mollie Donovan, of Pensacola, Florida; Western Guilford High School senior Nataly Jimenez, of High Point; and Franklin High School senior Rachel Ramakrishnan, of Franklin, Wisconsin.
The scholarship was established as Appalachian’s premier scholarship program in 2013 with a generous donation from Brad and Carole Wilson, Appalachian alumni of the Class of 1975. Brad Wilson is the former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Carole Wilson is a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.
“Everyone associated with the Wilson Scholars Program is excited about the new cohort of Wilson Scholars who will begin classes at Appalachian during the fall 2018 semester,” said Dr. Michael Mayfield, faculty director of the Wilson Scholars Program. “These are six individuals who will indeed make the world a better place and will use their learning experiences at Appalachian to make those things happen.”
2018 Wilson Scholars
Details of the Wilson Scholarship
The Wilson Scholarship covers students’ tuition, fees, book rental, and room and board. In addition, scholars receive $2,500 annually for four years to pursue academic and service projects of their own conception.
High school seniors can apply for the Wilson Scholarship by completing the freshman Merit-Based Scholarship Application after submitting their application for admission. Final selection is based on the students’ academic achievements, as well as their service and leadership in their communities and schools.
Wilson Scholars receive a personalized educational experience in and outside the classroom designed in partnership with their faculty director. The scholars also learn to incorporate their passions into their life and career goals as they participate in specially designed seminars, engage in international experiences and design capstone projects.
Each year, Wilson Scholars focus on an area of community and self-discovery as part of their education at Appalachian. Internships, research and study abroad are also part of the Wilson Scholars experience.
With the fall 2018 incoming class, 26 students have received the Wilson Scholarship, including graduates from the inaugural year of the program.
Former and current Wilson Scholars:
- Alumnae Sarah Aldridge ’18, from Concord; Emma Labovitz ’18, from Salisbury; and Lily Shaw ’18, from Saluda.
- Seniors Juliet Irving, from Batesburg, South Carolina; Sam Hines, from Sanford; Sope Kahn, from Chapel Hill; Madeline Hamiter, from Statesville; and Alia Dahlan, from Swannanoa.
- Juniors Vicky Anderson, from Rutherfordton; Grace Bowling, from Boone; Fahiima Mohamed, from Raleigh; Javon Nathaniel, from Charlotte; Jake Powell, from Cary; and Anisha Sharma, from Summerfield.
- Sophomores Evan Malinchock, from Chapel Hill; Everett “Jabari” Moore, from Mint Hill; Jama Brookes, from Connelly Springs; Joy Siler, from Asheville; Sydney Shadrick, from Lake Zurich, Illinois; and Sydney Stoter, from Califon, New Jersey.
About the Wilson Scholars Program
The Wilson Scholars Program, Appalachian State University's premier scholarship program, embodies the true Appalachian spirit: a rich blend of academic excellence, leadership and service. This scholarship program attracts passionate individuals, instills in them a commitment to change the world, and provides the resources for them to think creatively, strategically and collaboratively. Established in 2013 with a generous gift by 1975 Appalachian alumni Carole and Brad Wilson, the program welcomed its inaugural class in the fall of 2014. Students represent a variety of majors and disciplines — from business and science, to the arts and humanities. Learn more at https://wilsonscholars.appstate.edu.
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.