WEST JEFFERSON — Eleven area high school graduates have been named to receive local scholarships through SkyLine Membership Corporation.
The SkyLine scholarships are named in memory of longtime director and former SkyLine President Frank James and are awarded to children of SkyLine/SkyBest customers who reside in the cooperative’s five-county service area. The awards will be officially presented to the students at SkyLine’s Annual Meeting in late September.
Annually, SkyLine awards $1,000 scholarships, renewable for up to four years, to students pursuing a four-year college degree and $500 scholarships, renewable for up to two years, to students pursuing a community/technical college degree or vocational program.
Alleghany County recipients are: Katie Alvarez of Sparta and the daughter of Felix and Sara Alvarez, who plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Jeremy Dixon of Laurel Springs and the son of Rick Dixon and Deborah Deck, who plans to attend Wingate University; and Madison Murphy of Laurel Springs and the daughter of Jon and Erora Murphy, who plans to attend Wilkes Community College.
Ashe County recipients are: Kristen Huffman of West Jefferson and the daughter of Jennifer Huffman, who plans to attend East Carolina University; Carter Calhoun of Warrensville and the son of Greg and Gina Calhoun, who plans to attend Wilkes Community College.
Avery County recipients are: Tameron Russ of Banner Elk and the daughter of Rob and Susan Russ, who plans to attend Gardner-Webb University; and Austin Daniels of Banner Elk and the son of Bill and Valerie Daniels, who plans to attend Mayland Community College.
Watauga County recipients are: Savannah Copeland of Boone and the daughter of Kristin and Theo Copeland, who plans to attend East Carolina University; and Andrea Howell of Vilas and the daughter of Timothy and Melody Howell, who plans to attend Gardner-Webb University.
Johnson County recipients are Michelle Snyder of Shady Valley and the daughter of Stanley and Betty Snyder, who plans to attend East Tennessee State University; and Chloe Eller of Shady Valley and the daughter of Richard and Melissa Eller, who plans to attend Northeast State Community College.
Established in 1951, SkyLine is a member-owned cooperative which provides a variety of telecommunications services to customers in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties in North Carolina and Johnson County in east Tennessee. Along with its current focus of building a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network, SkyLine is committed to enhancing the quality of life across the region through various charitable, educational and economic development programs. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, SkyBest Communications, offers de-regulated products and services, including local calling and long distance services, business systems and networking solutions, broadband Internet services, digital TV, security monitoring and medical alert, and automation and surveillance services.