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Appalachian awards four Fleming Scholarships for 2017-18

By Tanner McGuire

BOONE, N.C.—Four first-year students at Appalachian State University have been awarded Fleming Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Fleming Scholar Jonathan Winbush of Winston-Salem, who plans to major in recreation management.
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Fleming Scholar Tamia Gowens of Greensboro, who plans to major in either health care management or interior design.
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Fleming Scholar Ayah Hatcher of Raleigh, who plans to major in nursing with a minor in Spanish.
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Fleming Scholar Jordan Moore of Indian Trail, who plans to major in chemistry.

The scholarship recipients are Jonathan Winbush of Winston-Salem; Tamia Gowens of Greensboro; Ayah Hatcher of Raleigh; and Jordan Moore of Indian Trail.

The scholarship is named for Dr. Willie C. Fleming, Appalachian’s chief diversity officer. Fleming received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian. He served as director of minority affairs, a position which was later renamed director of multicultural student development. He was founder of the Appalachian Gospel Choir and Black Student Association and a founding member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

The scholarships cover full in-state tuition and fees and are renewable if academic requirements are met. Recipients of the Fleming Scholarship demonstrate a desire to promote cultural diversity and are from populations that are underrepresented on campus. The scholarships are open to all North Carolina first-year students. Students must apply for admission and complete the scholarship application by Nov. 15.

Winbush is a graduate of Forsyth Country Day School and plans to major in recreation management.

“I chose to come to Appalachian State because the university provides a true community environment in which I may effectively pursue my future career with the help of my student peers and teachers,” he said.

Gowens is a graduate of Page High School and plans to major in either interior design or health care management.

“I chose App because of its rich engagement, environmental awareness and kindness and tenderness from the staff and fellow students,” she said. “It just felt like home.”

Hatcher is a graduate of Panther Creek High School and plans to major in nursing with a minor in Spanish.

“I love the environment, both on and off campus,” she said. “I had heard many great reviews about the school and instantly fell in love with it and knew it was the right place for me after my first visit.”

Moore is a graduate of Porter Ridge High School, where she played volleyball and participated in cheerleading. She plans to major in chemistry.

“I chose Appalachian because I love the mountains and the cold,” she said. “I’m looking forward to many outdoor opportunities and I love the vibe that App gives off as just a relaxed and fun place.”

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.