2020-2021 Ashby H. Cleary Scholarship Recipients Announced
WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College (WCC) announced the 2020-2021 Ashby H. Cleary scholarship award recipients. The following students will each receive $1,000; Kendra Hayes, Emily Bumgarner, Kristen Kilby, Tracy De la Cruz, and Gracee Millsaps.
Kendra Hayes of Purlear is enrolled in the Human Services Technology program. Hayes helps care for two of her siblings. In her application, Hayes states, “Receiving a scholarship would help tremendously with paying for college so I can get my degree.”
Emily Bumgarner of Millers Creek is enrolled in the Associate of Arts program and is planning to transfer to Appalachian State University to major in Elementary Education.
Kirsten Kilby of Millers Creek is enrolled in the Associate in Arts program with plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Tracy De la Cruz of West Jefferson is enrolled in the Human Services Technology program and plans to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Human Services Technology.
Gracee Millsaps of Hiddenite is enrolled in the Associate in Arts degree with plans to transfer to a four-year university to obtain her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
The Ashby H. Cleary Scholarship Fund, established by Bridgett Cleary Gardner in memory of her brother Ashby H. Cleary, benefits students at Wilkes Community College. Ashby was a 1971 graduate of Wilkes Central High School and a 1975 graduate of Western Carolina University. The son of Hayden & Norma Cleary of Wilkesboro, he had a passion for reading and learning that he shared with his mom. He had an incredible work ethic, working full time for Hardee’s while he put himself through college and then moving into management with them after graduation from WCU. Ashby then worked for Lowe’s Companies for many years before moving to Sun Chemical in Charlotte, retiring in 2010 with 25 years of service. “He made such a difference in the lives of so many people and we want his legacy to continue making a difference for one of his passions, education,” said Bridgett Gardner. “He eternally has the title of #1 son, #1 brother, #1 uncle, and #1 brother-in-law. It is only fitting that we honor him in this way.”
For more information on scholarships or donating to the WCC Foundation, contact the WCC Foundation at 336-838-6158.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.