The Rotary Club of Lillington announces its annual scholarship award recipients for 2017. Each award winner will receive one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for their first year of college to assist the students in obtaining a degree from a four-year college or university. This year the club selected students from both Harnett Central High School and Western Harnett High School.
This year’s recipients are Jessica Renee Bowles and Kaylee Rebecca Burrell of Western Harnett High School, and Taylor Ann Mills and Emma Claire Shewmaker of Central Harnett High School.
Jessica Bowles is the daughter of Shannon and Larry Bowles. She plans to go into critical care nursing and will be attending UNC-Greensboro so she can help save lives. Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, Harnett Health Sciences Academy, FFA, Deca, Beta Club, Harnett County Business Education Partnership, and HOSA. She is currently enrolled at CCCC in the Nurse Aide 1 certificate program.
Kaylee Burrell is the daughter of Kerri and Richard Burrell. Kaylee plans to study secondary education with a concentration in English at UNC-Chapel Hill to help mold the young minds of the future. She was busy at Western Harnett High School as a member of the Beta Club (holding offices of secretary and president), Model United Nations, and was on the Senior Class Committee. She also participated in varsity swim team (and served as its captain), marching band, pit orchestra, and dance.
Taylor Mills is the daughter of DeAnna and Jason Mills. She will be studying business and biblical studies at Garner Webb University. Taylor was treasurer of FBLA, president of NTHS, was a member of the Key Club, Leadership Team of the Source Christian Club, HOSA, CloseUp, and Senior Beta.
Claire Shewmaker is the daughter of Jennifer Shewmaker. She wants to major in nursing, and perhaps go on to be a physician’s assistant through Campbell University so that she can impact people’s lives for the better. She was enrolled in her last semester at CCCC to obtain her CNA license. Claire was a varsity cheerleader for four years, ran track and field, was president of HOSA, was in Beta Club for four years, FLL, National Technical Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and worked blood drives for the Red Cross.
This year’s selection process was very difficult for the Rotary Club with eighteen students applying for these scholarships. The Rotary Club Scholarship Committee had stated that the they finally had to determine which of the many strong applicants would best fit the Objects of Rotary and the Four Way Test in which every Rotarian strives to live by, as well as show need. These were the four applicants that best met those requirements. All of the students’ applications showed achievements and plans that exemplified commitment to our community, state and nation.