Eight students from area high schools have been named Patrick Henry Scholars and will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Patrick Henry Community College this fall.
This scholarship is awarded to up to 10 students from high schools in PHCC’s service region. Students are selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee for their academic and leadership potential, and they must maintain a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Recipients are involved in a variety of events, activities and services to create a challenging and enriching experience throughout their time at PHCC.
Tyler Allen of Martinsville, a recipient from Martinsville High School, is the son of Ginger Kay Williams. He graduated with a 4.2 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Beta Club and the National Society of High School Scholars. He also ran cross country, participated in marching band, and was a Big M Award recipient from the fifth through twelfth grades.
He plans to enroll at Old Dominion University and study mechanical engineering with a concentration in motorsports and a minor in business administration.
Jasmine Boardwine of Ridgeway, a recipient from Magna Vista High School, is the daughter of Janet and Roy Boardwine. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Morgan Ford Christian Church Youth Group and she was a member of the cheerleading team.
She also received the Henry County School Board Academic Excellence Award and the DAR Citizenship Award. She plans to transfer to Ferrum College to study horticulture, agriculture and environmental science.
Mark Forbes of Rocky Mount, a recipient from Bassett High School, is the son of Michael and Tammy Forbes. He graduated with a 3.75 GPA and was a member of the soccer team, National Honor Society, Beta Cub and an honor graduate.
He plans to attend nursing school to become a registered nurse and later a physician’s assistant to work in healthcare administration.
Allie S. Hylton of Fieldale, a recipient from Bassett High School, is the daughter of Greg and Jo Ellen Hylton. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the marching band, swim team, tennis team, competition dance team, National Honor Society, Beta Club and was an honor graduate. She plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Kinsey Johnson of Ridgeway, a recipient from Magna Vista High School, is the daughter of Gary and Lora Johnson. She graduated with a 4.2 GPA and was a member of the soccer and swim teams, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Beta Club, among other organizations. She also won a number of awards including the AP Scholar Award, Wendy’s High School Heisman and the Academic Excellence Award.
She plans to transfer to the Jefferson College of Health Sciences and major in biology before applying for the school’s physician assistant program.
Meredith Law of Stuart, a recipient from Patrick County High School, is the daughter of Lisa Sheppard and John Law. She graduated with a 4.4 GPA and was a member of the Junior and Senior Beta clubs, Spanish Club, Math SCAEL, Peters Creek Baptist Church Youth Group, and she volunteered for Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group. She was a top ten student and won awards for trigonometry and biology. She plans to major in general studies to determine what type of career path to pursue.
Clay Merriman of Collinsville, a recipient from Bassett High School, is the son of Timothy and Cheryl Merriman. He graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was a member of the Beta Club, National Vocational Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, and he served as a junior counselor for Camp Pitt Christian Camp and a Sunday school teacher at Stone Memorial Christian Church.
He plans to transfer to Virginia Tech to study natural resources and environment, majoring in wildlife science and eventually work for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as a conservation police officer.
Michael Sexton of Axton, a recipient from Martinsville High School, is the son of Valerie Barnes. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was a member of the marching band, founder of the S.O.C.I.A.L. Club, a chemistry tutor and a member of the vacation bible school staff at his church.
He received the Marching Band Ralph E. Shank Hustle Award in 2013, the Big M trophy this year and worked in the production control department at Commonwealth Laminating and Coating. His future plans include studying pharmacy and music performance at Shenandoah University.