By University Communications
Among the six new Wilson Scholars at Appalachian State University this year are a published author, the founder of a non-profit charity and an advocate for women’s empowerment. One recipient has worked to relieve hunger in his community. Another has promoted community involvement and drug- and alcohol-free schools, while yet another is passionate about environmental advocacy.
The Wilson Scholars Program embodies a rich blend of academic excellence, leadership and service. It is Appalachian’s most prestigious, merit-based scholarship program and covers full institutional costs as well as an additional $10,000 experiential-learning stipend. Wilson Scholars are chosen based on their academic achievements, as well as their service and leadership in their communities and schools. The program attracts outstanding students, instills in them a commitment to change the world and provides the resources for students to think creatively, strategically and collaboratively.
More than 3,100 incoming freshmen applications were reviewed for this year’s scholarship.
“The final candidates were interviewed by committee members during Scholars Day earlier this spring,” said Dr. David Marlett, the program’s faculty director. “All the candidates were outstanding, and we feel the six selected best exemplify the right combination of academic success and commitment to servant leadership.”
The Wilson Scholarship was established as Appalachian’s premier scholarship in 2013 by Brad and Carole Wilson of Raleigh, who are both 1975 graduates of the university. Brad Wilson is CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Carole Wilson is a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.