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Fifty students were awarded scholarships from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation College Scholarship Program in a ceremony recently held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the Surry Community campus. College in Dobson. These scholarships, over a period of four years, will contribute $766,000 to the educational activities of the scholars. The foundation has awarded $13.8 million in scholarships to graduate students from Surry County public schools since 2005. (Submitted photo)

DOBSON — Fifty students were awarded scholarships from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation College Scholarship Program at a ceremony recently held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the campus of Surry Community College in Dobson.

These scholarships, over a period of four years, will contribute $766,000 to the educational activities of the scholars.

CSC President Dr. David Shockley welcomed the Scholars, their families and friends, and administrators from local high schools. SCC Foundation Executive Director Sheila Franklin introduced guest speaker Jewel Parker, recipient of the 2015 Armfield Fellowship.

Parker spoke about the importance of education and her time as a student at Surry Community College and receiving the Armfield Scholarship, which helped her transfer to Appalachian State University to major in history with a minor in women’s studies. Parker later earned a master’s degree in history and is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“The Armfield scholarship allowed me to transfer to a university with my associate degree. I completed my general education at Surry Community College,” Parker said. “Now my educational aspirations are perhaps unique in the sense that I decided as a freshman at Surry Community College that I wanted to go on to graduate school.

“I would say that most people probably don’t determine that going to graduate school is something they want to do until much later in college, but if the Armfields had never given the money and if I didn’t had never received a scholarship, I would. I wouldn’t have had that cushion of having my undergraduate degree paid for, and that would have made enrolling in and funding a master’s program all the more difficult.

Bedford Cannon, nephew of Edward M. Armfield and founding board member of the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation, spoke on behalf of the Armfield Foundation Board. Mindy Oakley, executive director of the Armfield Foundation, announced a special award in honor of Bedford Cannon as he steps down from the board.

The Bedford Cannon Prize is awarded annually to the Armfield Scholar with the most outstanding scholarship application. It offers an additional scholarship of $2,000 per academic year provided a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Kailey Myers from Surry Early College has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Bedford Cannon Award.

The 2022-2023 Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation College Scholars are:

Millennium Charter Academy: Max Oakely;

Mount Airy Secondary School: Paxton Reece, Jessica Sawyers, Amelia Radford, Devyn Joyce, Saverio Lennon and Kylie Hollingsworth;

East Surry High School: Haley Chilton, Rose Craven, Megan Hutchens, Alyssa Johnson, Hannan Johnston, Citlali Martinez-Arellano and Samuel Whitt. Whitt also received the John C. McKenzie Award, which is named in honor of a respected employee of Mr. Armfield, is awarded to the highest ranked scholarship applicant from East Surry High School and includes an additional scholarship $1,000 per academic year;

North Surry Secondary School: Callie Allen, Raegan Amos, Maleigha Brintle, Nydia Cabrera Cabrera, Madalyn Edwards, Ronald Hudson, Isabella Jones, Colby Mitchell and Jacey Ward;

Surry Central High School: Austin Cave, Brady Edmonds, Jacob Edmonds, Mia McMillen, Katelyn Patterson, Sebastian Sanchez Aguilar, Kennedy Smith, Jaylyn Templeton and Dante Watson;

Surry Early College High School of Design: Britza Chavez-Arellano, Nancy Garcia Villa, Abigail Garza, Jennifer Hernandez, Peyton Jones, Jacob Mills, Kailey Myers, Chloe Snow and Jonathan Williams;

Elkin High School: Addison Blackwelder, Laura Couch, Emerson Gonzalez, Luis Hernandez-Matul, Daniel Islas, Thomas McComb, Kayla Nguyen and James Owings;

Surry Community College: Jordyn Coe.

The Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation has awarded $13.8 million in scholarships to graduate students from public secondary schools in Surry County since 2005. Each year, scholarships are awarded to students at East Surry High School, North Surry High School, Surry Central High School, Mount Airy High School, Surry Early College High School, Elkin High School and Millennium Charter Academy. Scholarships are awarded to students who will attend four-year colleges and universities or Surry Community College, as well as Surry Community College students who will transfer to a four-year school to complete their undergraduate degree.

Scholarship values ​​range from $3,600 per year for Surry Community College students to $12,500 per year for students attending higher cost private colleges and universities. The scholarships are renewable for an additional year for Surry Community College students or students transferring from Surry Community College to a four-year institution, and for an additional three years for students attending four-year schools immediately after high school.

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Fifty students were awarded scholarships from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation College Scholarship Program in a ceremony recently held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the Surry Community campus. College in Dobson. These scholarships, over a period of four years, will contribute $766,000 to the educational activities of the scholars. The Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation has awarded $13.8 million in scholarships to graduate students from Surry County public schools since 2005.

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