Recognizing Outstanding Scholars
At our inaugural Appalachian Scholarship Celebration, I had the pleasure of welcoming scholarship recipients and the generous donors who have opened the doors to higher education for them. Their stories, and the stories of so many other students, serve as reminders of the significance of an Appalachian education.
Our university has long fostered an open and accessible pathway to education for all, and scholarships are vital to continuing this legacy. More than 38% of our academic scholarship recipients identify as being first-generation college students, 41% are low-income students and 38% are defined as coming from rural counties.
We are proud of these remarkable students and of those recipients who came before them. As scholars and alumni, they enrich the Appalachian Community and communities far and wide. For instance:
- Lauren Hempen, an English major with a creative writing concentration, traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of an Alternative Service Experience. She is a 2016 Diversity Scholar and serves as an Appalachian Student Ambassador.
- Appalachian’s Student Government Association President DeJon Milbourne, who is now entering his second term, is a quadruple major in finance and banking, risk management and insurance, accounting and economics. He is also a 2016 Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholar.
- Alumna Emily Fedders ’19, who graduated in May with a B.S. in geology, was an award-winning member of the Appalachian women’s cross-country team and a 2015 Chancellor’s Scholar. Notably, Emily won the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2018 American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting.
We delight in the many successes and contributions of our scholarship students — while they attend Appalachian and later in their careers. I am also appreciative of the many donors — which include 114 of Appalachian’s faculty and staff — who offer thousands of our students opportunities to expand their education and make their mark on the world.
Scholarship funds elevate the future of the Appalachian Community for generations to come.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor