Sixty-eight Charlotte-area students received $1,000 Ray Kroc and RMHC scholarships from McDonalds and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. Many of the students attended a reception in their honor July 11 at the Gastonia Convention Center.
Thirty-eight of the students got scholarships from RMHC of NC: Meredith Avant, Charlotte; Janine Chang, Hickory; Thalita Cortes, Charlotte; Roxanne Dsouza, Concord; Nicole Frey, Harrisburg; Ada Gil Jimenez, Charlotte; Hannah Haas, Charlotte; Alexia Hall, Gastonia; Ashley Hargrove, Statesville; Mark Igbinadolor, Waxhaw; Taylor Jackson, Charlotte; John Leckrone, Waxhaw; Lesly Luque, Charlotte; Kendall McCorkle, Mount Holly; Kayla McGuire, Matthews; Jiavanna Medlock, Concord; Tania Morales, Charlotte; Iheanyi Opara Jr., Concord; Santiago Patino, Cornelius; Hayley Parks, Gastonia; Vanessa Payne, Charlotte; Suzanna Payne, Charlotte; Alexander Phifer, Charlotte; Joseph Quisol, Charlotte; Casey Read, Denver; Teresa Rocha, Shelby; Katharine Ross, Stanfield; Melissa Sigmon, Valdese; Frank Silva, Mooresville; Naya Tapper, Charlotte; Cody Taylor, Lincolnton; Desireé Thomas, Matthews; Steven Tran, Charlotte; Shelly Vigil, Mooresville; Katie Waldroup, Kannapolis; Moe Win, Charlotte; Moua Xiong, Kannapolis; and Jordan Young, Cornelius.
The 30 Kroc scholarship recipients: Sadé Adams, Charlotte; TyreUnna Bowens, Greensboro; Carolyn Burries, Charlotte; Jordan Caldwell, Indian Trail; Brittany Cannon, York; Brittany Davis, Charlotte; Mario Delgado, Charlotte; Devon DiSarro, Gastonia; Jeanette Emery, Indian Trail; Ashley Fraley, Mount Holly; Joshua Harrington, Cheraw; Lakeai Harrison, Hiddenite; Christy Holmes, Charlotte; Julian Kira, Hickory; Ashley Kiziah, Granite Falls; Tabbatha Lapage, Hickory; William Nollenberger, Salisbury; Victor Onuoha, Mooresville; Sharmeika Perkins, Charlotte; Rebekah Raab, Gastonia; Robert Raab, Gastonia; Ashley Rogers, Cornelius; Maryssa Sadler, Charlotte; Becca Seagraves, Rockingham; Amanda Smith, Cherryville; Brianna Stevenson, Charlotte; Brittany Stevenson, Charlotte; Justin Tomlin, Statesville; Courtney Van Erem, Olin; and Jasmine Williams, Davidson.
RMHC scholarship recipients were chosen based on leadership skills, academic success, community involvement, financial need and personal essays describing how they intend to make a difference in society.
Recent Ardrey Kell High graduate David Hawisher was named a winner of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills National Merit scholarship. Colleges select award winners from a list of finalists in the National Merit scholarship program. Each college-sponsored award provides between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.