MINT HILL – Three Mint Hill residents recently received scholarships for their studies at Central Piedmont Community College from the Mint Hill Women’s Club, as the group seeks to recognize local students for their higher education efforts.
The club gives out annual scholarships, which vary each year depending on the amount of money brought in through fundraisers. The club allotted $2,400 in scholarships this year, split between three recipients – Cameron Wall, Irisa Grimes and Adam Guenther. Both Wall and Grimes received $700 each, and Guenther received $1,000.
“We felt like they had the greatest need, their academics were where we want them. When you interview people you just get a feeling,” Marilyn Folnsbee, the scholarship chairperson for the women’s club, said.
CPCC selects about six candidates, based on requirements of the Mint Hill Women’s Club, and then brings in members from the club to hold interviews. Scholarship recipients must be Mint Hill residents, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be a full-time student or a part-time student with a full-time job. Members can choose to give the entire pool of money to one student or split the funds between multiple people, like they have done this year.
Students will receive half of the scholarship for the first semester and the second half for the remainder of the year if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. But students maintaining a high GPA isn’t something the club has had any problems with, since almost every recipient fulfills the requirements to receive the entire scholarship.
“We have been really fortunate. We have picked some great kids who have maintained their grades,” Folnsbee said.
If any students have personal circumstances preventing them from completing the school year, the club will roll the additional money into the next year for future scholarships.
Prior to partnering with CPCC, the Mint Hill Women’s Club gave scholarships to Mint Hill high school students. After seeing some difficulties in getting more students engaged, the club decided to shift the focus to students at the local community college.
“We were really interested in reaching out to kids who were interested in trades,” Folnsbee said. “Like this year, we have Adam, who is a welding tech. We are just as interested in getting those kids as the ones going to a four-year college.”
Wall, a graduate of Independence High School, is studying to receive an associate degree in science, specializing in biology and mass communications. He hopes to transfer to North Carolina Central University to pursue a four-year degree.
Grimes also is pursuing an associate degree in science, but specializing in genetic counseling. Prior to attending CPCC, she spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps with one tour to Afghanistan where she was injured while on duty.
Guenther, who received the largest scholarship, is enrolled in the welding tech department and is working toward his applied science and welding technician degree. He hopes to work on a Formula One race team one day.
Find more information about the Mint Hill Women’s Club and the work it does throughout the community at www.minthillwc.com.