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October 16, 2019

Swain student in Upward Bound program is finalist for national scholarship

Swain County High School senior Heather Whitt, who participates in Southwestern Community College’s Upward Bound program, is a QuestBridge CollegeMatch Finalist.

The QuestBridge program connects high-achieving, deserving students with full scholarships at select colleges and universities. Out of 13,264 applications, 4,895 students were selected as finalists based on academic, financial and extracurricular credentials.

This year’s recipients will be announced in December. Each recipient will receive a guaranteed full, four-year scholarship worth more than $200,000 to one of 36 partner colleges including Columbia, MIT and Stanford.

To be eligible for the scholarship, Whitt submitted an application that included academic, extracurricular and personal info as well as two teacher recommendations, two essays, a secondary school report, transcripts and test scores.

“We are extremely proud of Heather for being named a finalist for this prestigious honor,” said Annette Kesgen, director of the Upward Bound program at SCC. “She’s an exceptional student. We would be thrilled if she receives a full-tuition scholarship to one of these institutions, but we know she will be successful in life because she is driven to reach her goals.”

For more information about SCC’s Upward Bound program, contact Kesgenatakesgen@southwesterncc.edu or 828.339.4281.

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Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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