After making a difference in the community, three youths are being honored as they continue their education.
The Kellie’s Krew Scholarship Program awarded scholarships to Addison Apperson and Kara Holland from Midway High School and Kendall Barbour from Triton High School. Officials from the organization said they were recognized for community service, involvement, advocacy and volunteer efforts. For the 2018 period, a total of $2,750 was provided for tuition assistance.
Each year, the scholarship is made available to students to help with post-graduate education. It was created in memory of Kellie Godwin Hinshaw, a 1995 graduate of Midway High School. She died in 2014 after a battle with head and neck cancer for more than a decade. The Kellie’s Krew Foundation was formed as a nonprofit organization to provide financial assistance to help head and neck patients receiving treatment; provide research funding for agencies focusing on research for treatments; and providing community outreach through sponsorship and scholarships. For the organization, helping high school graduates is a way to give back to the community who was supportive of Hinshaw during her extended illness.
Barbour plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study chemistry and continue into pre-med. Her future goals also include medical school and specializing in psychiatry. She was the president of the Triton Juniorettes, Barbour is active in many leadership roles as well. During her days in school, Barbour spent more than 200 hours volunteering.
Apperson plans to attend East Carolina University and double major in public health and Spanish. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to enroll into a occupational therapy program. Apperson was active in soccer, cross country and other clubs. Outside of school, she was a youth member of Divine Street United Methodist Church. During her time in high school, she volunteered more than 200 hours.
“I could not be more excited to use the Kellie’s Krew scholarship to educate myself to work in a career field that improves the wellbeing of others,” Apperson said. “My goal is to obtain my degree in Occupational Therapy to help children who have delays in their motor skills.
As the niece of Hinshaw, Apperson expressed how her mission for the organization was to provide assistance for people fighting adenoid cystic carcinoma, head and neck cancer, and others working to further their education, particularly in the medical profession.
“I know my Aunt Kellie is so proud that Kellie’s Krew, in conjunction with her family, friends and this wonderful community, has continued to carry out her vision. I miss her often, but I plan to use her vision to guide my future endeavors in blessing the lives of others.”
In the fall, Holland plans to attend North Carolina State University and double major in Paper Science & Engineering and chemical engineering. At Midway High School, she was the FFA president, a varsity cheerleader and other clubs. She’s a member of My. Elam Baptist Church and Central Baptist. During her time in school, Holland spent 500 hours volunteering.
“I am so grateful to receive the Kellie’s Krew Foundation Scholarship,” Holland said. “The scholarship will allow me to attend NCSU and focus on furthering my education and abilities without having to worry about my financial burden. I have so much respect for the Kellie’s Krew organization and their mission to support current patients and raise awareness for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. This organization has made a lasting impact on so many members of our community, including myself, and I believe that there is only room for this organization to grow and continue its legacy of service.”
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