McDowell Chamber Presents $4,000 In Scholarships Awards
McDowell Chamber Executive Director Kim Effler was proud to present $4,000 in scholarships to two deserving McDowell County students as part of the organization's Student LINC leadership program on June 6, 2021.
Recipients included Raul Lopez Torres who will be attending North Carolina State University's College of Design in the fall and Thomas Moomaw who will be pursuing a degree in Cyber Security at UNC Chapel Hill. Torres was awarded $3,000 toward his educational dream of attaining a degree in Industrial Design while Moomaw was awarded the Walt Bagwell Scholarship of $1,000.
Scholarships were awarded based on each student's individual efforts and participation in the program. Students attend a full-day class once a month for 10 months and the field trips consist of site tours and presentations by leading business, government, and community leaders. Students learn about education, health care, business and industry, public services, government, economic development, arts, culture, and history.
The Student LINC program is an extension of the LINC program which stands for Leadership, Involvement, Networking, and Community Knowledge and is the Chamber's core leadership building program. It offers an adult and two student programs, one for high school students, Student LINC, and the other for rising eighth graders called CARP (Career Awareness Readiness Program.) LINC serves to educate residents about the opportunities and advanced offerings that McDowell has through its industry, nonprofits, small businesses, government, and community programs.