2012-2013 Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship Winners
Wilkes Community College congratulates Cameron Brian Teague and Zachary Adam Triplett, the 2012-2013 recipients of the Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Teague, a native of Iredell County and graduate of West Wilkes High School, is a first-year student in the college transfer program. He plans to transfer to North Carolina State University in 2014. He loves music and is learning to play the drums.“This scholarship will enable me to pursue my dream of going to college,” said Cameron Teague. “I would not have had the opportunity to go to college without your generous support.”
Triplett is a native of Wilkes County and a graduate of North Wilkes High School. He is a first-year student studying chemistry with plans to transfer in 2014 to pursue a degree from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill. He loves playing the guitar and participating in outdoor activities.“The Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship will help me in my pursuit of an associates in science from WCC, and with this degree go on to UNC to complete my college career,” says Zachary Triplett. “This scholarship means a lot to me because it provides the financial assistance needed to get my degree from WCC.”
The Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993 by Trisha L. Austin Stanley. To date the scholarship has helped 74 students with a total of $33,000 in scholarship money. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at MerleFest. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
Left to right: Zachary Triplett and Cameron Teague