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YHC pays local students

October 9, 2010

Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

This year at Young Harris College, there are nearly 200 local students that received aid from YHC’s local scholarship campaign. Every year almost two million dollars go towards helping high school students from local schools attend college.

“The college does this in an effort to make YHC available to all the local students who qualify for the money,” says Jennifer McAfee, the director of development and planned giving.

Over the years, thousands of local students have come and taken classes at YHC and more than 2,000 alumni live in the surrounding counties.

A board of 25 associates get together and launch the campaign for the local scholarships.

YHC pays this money out of pocket. To qualify for the scholarship, the student only has to live in one of the counties that the scholarship applies to. The counties that qualify are Towns, Union, Fannin and Gilmer from Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina.

This board was established in 1991, so the board could regularly work on campaigns to get the money to local students. The members of the board go to businesses and potential donors to raise money to go towards the local scholarships fund. The board meets with Cathy Cox regularly to help decide ways to raise money and discuss areas of concern and interest.

Freshman music major Kaleb Garrett said, “I am so thankful for my scholarship. It allows me to live at home and get a good education without going broke.”

Through the local scholarship campaign, YHC makes a huge commitment to the local students. The majority of local students are able to get a good education with the help of scholarships.

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