Meet the 2017 Chancellor’s Scholars

This is Appalachian’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is Appalachian State University’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship. It is designed for students with diverse and ambitious academic goals – those who seek graduate or professional post-baccalaureate degrees to become leaders locally and globally in their lives and careers.

Ten incoming freshmen have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.

“The Chancellor’s Scholars typify the expectations we have for all of our students: academic excellence, an innovative spirit, a global curiosity and a commitment to community and service,” Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said. “As each of these scholars forge their own transformational Appalachian Experience, we know their participation in our community will bring great energy and enthusiasm to our campus.”

Chancellor’s Scholars are admitted to The Honors College at Appalachian, which supports the depth and breadth typical of their interests. The scholarship recipients may be in any major, but find nourishment in The Honors College’s interdisciplinary curriculum. As Honors students, they participate in rigorous, small, discussion-based seminars; engage vigorously as leaders in The Honors College community; and complete their studies through original research or a creative endeavor.

The scholarship offers full institutional costs for eight semesters, plus other academic and co-curricular benefits. Students must maintain a 3.45 minimum grade point average to renew the scholarship.

About the Scholars

Frances Brown
Frances “Claire” Brown

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Brown has been 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 by participating 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.

Molly Campillo
Molly Campillo

Harrisonburg, Virginia

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 was a varsity athlete on her school’s cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams and served as president of the Key Club. Her intended major is global studies.

Hayley Canal
Hayley Canal

Longwood, Florida

Canal was 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 was 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.

Michael Davis
Michael Davis

Wilkesboro, North Carolina

An accomplished student-athlete, Davis 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.

Madeline Galliard
Madeline Gaillard

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. A passionate environmentalist and political activist, Gaillard was 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 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.

Maya Galvin
Maya Galvin

Concord, North Carolina

Galvin’s interests are 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.

She was 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.

Lucy Barron
Melissa Rowe

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Rowe 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.

Lucy Barron
Zykkiah Silver

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.

Emma Stange
Emma Strange

Greensboro, North Carolina

Strange is a passionate researcher and social justice advocate. During her attendance at Governor’s School in 2016, Strange conducted research about Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. 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 served as a student representative to the Guilford County Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Her intended major is sociology.

Lindsey Wise
Lindsey Wise

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.

Dr. Garrett McDowell contributed to this story.

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