DOBSON — Surry Community College recently established the Dr. Randy Bledsoe Scholarship and awarded three students with funds for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Surry students receiving the scholarship are Cristina Nava of Jonesville, Nathalie Norman of State Road and Hannah Roberts of Thurmond. Both Nava and Roberts are pursuing Associate in General Education degrees while Norman is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree.
Bledsoe is a retired superintendent of Elkin City Schools (ECS) and a native of Surry County. During his tenure at ECS, Bledsoe worked to develop a seamless transition from Elkin High School to higher educational endeavors through the implementation of the Pre-K through 12th grade Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) program.
Bledsoe’s dedication to higher education and the students of ECS continues through the establishment of the scholarship as the criteria for receiving the award require that recipients be graduates of Elkin High School, enrolled full-time at SCC, and have a minimum grade-point average of 2.8. Additional decision-making factors include financial need and extra-curricular involvement. Students were selected and notified by the Financial Aid Office of Surry Community College.
The scholarship awards may be renewed each semester contingent upon a student’s academic performance as determined by the Financial Aid Committee of Surry Community College. The scholarship provides funds that can be used for tuition, books, and school related supplies. Individuals, businesses and civic organizations may contribute to the Dr. Randy Bledsoe Scholarship fund.