Hayleigh Mann received her first Connestee Falls scholarship in 2015, when she was a freshman at Brevard College. Now in her junior year, Mann will tell you that that first Connestee scholarship was "seed money." To her, it represented an affirmation of her worth as a student, and it encouraged her to apply for other scholarships, so that she could continue to attend college. Now that Brevard College has awarded her a third Connestee Falls scholarship and she has applied for and received other scholarship assistance, she is well on her way to completing her college degree and embarking on a teaching career. With a major in integrated studies of biology and political science, and a plan to fi
In 1991, Brandon Kitchen, the recipient of a Connestee Falls scholarship that year, graduated from Brevard High School without a clue as to what he wanted to do with his life. What he did know was that he had watched his father work at Ecusta for years and that after the plant closed, his father worked, attended Blue Ridge Community College at night, and was still a full-time husband and father. Brandon felt as though “that was way harder” than he wanted to work. Using his Connestee Falls scholarship, Brandon attended Brevard College for two years, an experience he found very helpful. As He explained, “Having some time at a small college was really valuable. It gave me some time to mature.”
Check out the June 4th edition of the Transylvania Times Section B article by John Lanier, to learn more about Kaylin Lewandowski and Emma Henderson from Rosman and Kaine McAlister from Brevard. All three are 2018 Connestee Falls Scholarship Recipients.