BOONE, N.C. — Eleven undergraduate students at Appalachian State University — including three student veterans and five student-athletes — have received spring 2021 scholarships supported by a gift from Raleigh-based MAKO Medical Laboratories. Each scholarship was awarded based on the student’s financial need and/or academic merit.
The scholarship recipients are:
- Daryn Armstrong, a junior biology major from Cary and a member of the volleyball team.
- Brooke Bigott, a junior exercise science major from Katy, Texas, and a member of the women’s basketball team.
- Caitlyn Brown, a first-year biology major from Charlotte.
- Gable Dershem '21, a recent graduate of App State who earned his B.S. in exercise science with a minor in psychology in May. While at App State, Dershem, of Clayton, was a member of the men’s cross-country and track and field teams.
- Matthew Dofflemyer, a student veteran and senior building sciences-construction management major from Port Republic, Virginia.
- Jacob Hense, a student veteran and junior political science major from Jackson, Mississippi.
- Lauryn Holcomb, a student veteran and sophomore public health major from Urbana, Ohio.
- Emma McGibany, a sophomore Honors College student from Tallahassee, Florida, who is majoring in chemistry and a member of the women’s soccer team.
- Jade Ogle, a first-year communication, journalism major from Mars Hill.
- Nancy Villalpando, a first-year exercise science major from Durham.
- Ben Williams, a rising sophomore exercise science major from Charlotte and a member of the Mountaineers football team.
Kelli Wilson, App State’s director of scholarship giving, emphasized the importance of scholarships — such as these provided by MAKO — for App State students’ success. “Ultimately, we know a scholarship is more than just a way to relieve the burden of financial stress — it’s a gateway to opportunity,” she said.
Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said App State first partnered with MAKO Medical, a full-service laboratory performing COVID-19 testing across the United States, in summer 2020 to test student-athletes as they began returning to campus. MAKO continues to provide testing services at the university.
“We’re very thankful to MAKO Medical for their support of Appalachian State University, our students and our student-athletes. Congratulations to the scholarship recipients, who give their all for App State and are preparing to be leaders in such fields as science, medicine and public health,” Gillin said.
One of the scholarship recipients, Holcomb, who works as a part-time pharmacy technician at Boone Drug and Health Care, said her MAKO Scholarship has already helped her in securing needed school items and will allow her to save up money for the fall semester.
The former U.S. Army intelligence analyst said she plans to keep saving as she works toward her ultimate goal — to become an epidemiologist (a scientist who studies patterns and causes of disease and injury.)
Visit the university’s coronavirus website to learn more about COVID testing events at App State.
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About Mountaineer Athletics
More than 400 student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports at Appalachian State University. App State’s nationally ranked football team has enjoyed unprecedented success at the highest level of Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision), with six bowl wins in its first six years at the FBS level and four Sun Belt Conference championships. The Mountaineers were a dominant force in the Southern Conference for more than 40 years before moving up to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. App State student-athletes in all sports pursue daily comprehensive excellence in academics, competition and community involvement. All varsity teams compete in the Sun Belt Conference, except for field hockey (MAC) and wrestling (SoCon). Learn more at https://appstatesports.com.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.