CATAWBA COUNTY STUDENT
RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO WCU

Image: Brenda Dawn Sallee and Phil Walker
Brenda Dawn Sallee receives the Catawba County Christian Business and Professional Scholarship from Phil Walker, senior vice president for BB&T's western division and chairman of the board of trustees at Western.

CULLOWHEE – Brenda Dawn Sallee of Hickory is the first recipient of the newly established Catawba County Christian Business and Professional Scholarship to attend Western Carolina University in fall of 2005.

Sallee, the daughter of Larry and Shirly Sallee, is a 2005 graduate of Saint Stephens High School.  She plans to major in professional writing and Spanish at Western.

The Catawba County Christian Business and Professional Scholarship Fund, endowed through gifts totaling more than $30,000 to date, is designed to help the university attract some of the best and brightest students from Catawba County, said Phil Walker, senior vice president for BB&T's western division and chairman of the board of trustees at Western.

Walker and wife Joan spearheaded the effort by a group of Hickory-area alumni and friends of Western to establish the new fund.

A 1971 graduate of Western, Walker said he made the initial contribution to the fund and convinced other alumni and friends from Catawba County to donate because he wanted to give something back to his alma mater.

“Western means a lot to me, because it helped shape me into the person I am today,” said Walker.  “But if it had not been for scholarship assistance I received years ago, this small-town North Carolina boy would never have been able to go to college.  I'm so very excited to be able to help provide the same opportunity for deserving students from Catawba County.”

Beginning in the fall of 2005, the Catawba County Christian Business and Professional Scholarship Fund will provide at least one award of $2,500 annually, about the cost of in-state tuition.  Awards will be presented to entering freshmen on the basis of high academic achievement and moral character. 

Preference will be given to applicants from Hickory and Saint Stephens high schools.  The number and amount of awards may increase as the fund grows through additional contributions, earnings and appreciation.

For information on the Catawba County Christian Business and Professional Scholarship Fund or other scholarship opportunities at Western Carolina University, contact the Office of Admissions at (828) 227-7317, or toll free at (877) WCU-4YOU.


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