YHC Board of Associates Kicks Off 2012-2013 Local Scholarship Campaign

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Board of Associates Kicks Off 2012-2013 Local Scholarship Campaign

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Sept. 26, the 26-member Young Harris College Board of Associates met at The Village on the Young Harris College campus to kick off the 2012-2013 Local Scholarship Campaign, which seeks to provide scholarship funding for local students attending YHC from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Rabun, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina.

Students like Jade Smith, a sophomore mathematics major from Rabun County, and Daniel Hudson, a junior English and communication studies major from Cherokee County, benefit from the scholarship money raised.

“The Local Scholarship Campaign is making it possible for me to attend college at a place that I truly enjoy and love,” said Smith. “I am so blessed as well as thankful to have people believe in me and help me financially and emotionally to obtain my goal in life.”

“Young Harris College strives to educate, inspire and empower its students; these three goals are what makes Young Harris a strong and influential campus where all who attend are sure to find a great education and plenty of empowerment and inspiration,” added Hudson. “I have faith that Young Harris has given me the stepping stones to a bright and concrete future. I am thankful to all the professors, faculty and staff that make this campus buzz with prosperity.”

Established in 1991, the Young Harris College Board of Associates is a group of local business and civic leaders who act as ambassadors for the College and serve as a sounding board for the community. The Board meets regularly with YHC President Cathy Cox and other YHC administrators to discuss areas of mutual concern and interest.

The members of the Board of Associates are the driving force behind the Local Scholarship Campaign. Each September, the Board launches this annual campaign in an effort to assist the College in providing scholarship aid to the students of these eight nearby counties.

“More than 250 students from the counties we assist with these scholarships are currently enrolled at YHC,” said Board of Associates Chair Donna Reece of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Ga. “More than $3.2 million in scholarship dollars will be awarded this year to local students, and we are so thankful for the support of our local communities who make much of this scholarship assistance possible.”

In addition to Reece, the 2012-2013 Board of Associates includes Vice Chair Judy Fullerton, a civic leader in Hiawassee, Ga., Ada Barber of The Copper Door in Hayesville, N.C., Julia Barnett of Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Ga., Tsali Bentley of Georgia Power Company in Blairsville, Ga., Erik Brinke of Blue Ridge Mountain EMC in Young Harris, Ga., Scott Chastain of Appalachia Land Surveying in Ellijay, Ga., Herman Clark of Clark & Clark, Attorneys at Law, PC in Ellijay, Ga., Sheila Cody of Nantahala Bank & Trust Company in Hayesville, N.C., Steve Conrad of Enrico’s in Young Harris, Ga., Kim Farmer of Holiday Inn Express in Hiawassee, Ga., Beth Hand of Stone & Associates in Blairsville, Ga., Robert “Bob” Head, ’59, of Head Westgate Corporation in Blairsville, Ga., Kim Johnson of First Citizens Bank in Murphy, N.C., Rob Kaser of Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Ga., Candace Lee of the Towns County Chamber of Commerce in Young Harris, Ga., Britt McAfee, ’91, of J. Britt McAfee Law Firm, LLC in Blairsville, Ga., Duane Miller, a civic leader in Hiawassee, Ga., W.C. Nelson, ’63, of Nelson Tractor Company in Blairsville, Ga., Jimmy Nichols of United Community Bank in Blairsville, Ga., Teresa O’Blenes of Branch Banking & Trust in Murphy, N.C., Donnie Parker of Parker’s Clothing in Blue Ridge, Ga., Julie Payne of Citizens South Bank in Hiawassee, Ga., Don Schneider of United Community Bank in Hiawassee, Ga., Tony Stewart of Wal-Mart in Blairsville, Ga., and Peggy Thrasher, ’59, a civic leader in Tiger, Ga.

For more information about the Young Harris College Board of Associates or the Local Scholarship Campaign, call (706) 379-5318.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

2012-2013 Young Harris College Board of Associates.

 (From left to right) Young Harris College Board of Associates Vice Chair Judy Fullerton, a civic leader in Hiawassee, Ga., YHC President Cathy Cox, and YHC Board of Associates Chair Donna Reece of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Ga.