2013-2014 Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship Winners
Wilkes Community College congratulates Delana Elyse Long and Bobbie Williams, the 2013-2014
recipients of the Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship.
Long,a native of Union Grove and graduate of North Iredell High School, is a first-year student in the associate arts program. She plans to transfer to Western Kentucky Community & Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky, to study elementary education with a focus on special needs children. Her favorite subject is math, and she loves to play volleyball; she was a member of the WCC volleyball team.
Williams is a native of Glendale Springs and a graduate of Ashe County High School. She is a first-year student studying dental hygiene with plans to transfer in 2014 to pursue a degree from Forsyth Technical Community College, which offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. “The Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship has given me the chance to attend college and without it, it would very difficult,” says Bobbie Williams. “I am very happy to have received this scholarship.”
The Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993 by Trisha L. Austin Stanley. To date the scholarship has helped 76 students with a total of $34,000 in scholarship money. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at MerleFest. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
Photographed left to right: Bobbie Williams and Delana Long