BOONE — A Jefferson resident was one of 10 first-year students at Appalachian State University to be awarded a diversity scholarship for the 2019–20 academic year.
Maegan Adolph graduated from Ashe County High School in 2019, where she was involved in the Dick Miller Youth Leadership Program, Spanish Honor Society and Upward Bound. She plans to major in nursing.
This four-year leadership development opportunity covers full in-state tuition and fees, and includes specially designed leadership workshops, service-learning, international experiences and mentorship opportunities. The students were chosen from more than 2,900 applicants.
The Diversity Scholars Program is one of Appalachian’s top scholarship programs. Since 2008, it has recognized merit in scholarship and brought people together from different cultures and backgrounds to work on building unity through diversity while focusing on scholarship, community and service. Through funding secured by Chancellor Sheri Everts, the scholarship has covered full in-state tuition and fees for four years since fall 2016.
“Appalachian is committed to being a community that embraces diversity of thought, belief and community,” Everts said.
The Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership potential, academic achievement, a willingness to create positive change and a commitment to the principles of diversity. All first-year students are eligible for the scholarship, which is renewable for students maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
Each Diversity Scholar is to provide 15 hours of community service to the university and greater community, and engage in a semester-long international experience prior to the start of their senior year.