This year PHRA offered two $1000 Scholarships to deserving recipients. These scholarships enable us to support others who are pursuing their dreams by beginning or advancing their education. The recipients must meet criteria established in our by-laws, including attending an accredited two or four year undergraduate college or university. Scholastic merit is the principal criteria used in selecting a scholarship recipient; however, extra-curricular activities, such as sports, clubs, community activities, civic projects and involvement with their church are also important and taken into consideration.
In 2017 we had 20 applications for the scholarship. Although the selection process was very competitive, two names rose to the top of the list – Davey Sides and Alivia Barrier.
Davey Sides has applied to both UNCC and Gaston College. Inspired by his Dad, his desire is to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. His high school curriculum has been filled with both college prep and honors courses. He maintained a 3.6 GPA while lettering in sports including football, golf, wrestling and baseball. He is also an active member of his church and participated in a mission trip to Costa Rica, where he helped to repair schools and churches. He is also involved with the boy scouts, FCA, and National Technological Honor Society. In addition to attending school and his other after school activities, he also works in lawn and yard maintenance year round. He attributes his growth and maturity to being involved in Junior Cotillion as well as the intense training he received in ShotKan karate, where he became a black belt at the age of 10.
Alivia Barrier has been accepted into Lenoir Rhyne University. She hopes to purue a degree in education to allow her to teach high school mathematics. Alivia has a 4.8 GPA and is ranked 3rd of 338 in her class. During high school, she participated in sports such as volleyball, track, cheerleading and basketball. Alivia has held offices in both Beta Club and Student Council as well as being involved in her church choir, Rotary club and Bible Club. She has volunteered at both the Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse. Alivia’s family took in a high school teen and have assisted with his college funds. So this scholarship will be extremely beneficial in allowing both of them the ability to continue their education. Alivia’s goal is to become a teacher who truly invests in her students so they can continue to contribute to society and support themselves. She values the importance of education for the world to grow economically and socially and desires to be a part of that growth.
Robin Saunders presented Davey and Alivia with the scholarship award. Both Davey and Alivia’s parents were also in attendance. Congratulations to our two winners! We wish them both the best and are delighted to be able to help with their journeys.