Two Asheville School seniors selected as finalists in Brown Fellows Scholarship program

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From Asheville School

Two Seniors Selected as Finalists for “Full-Ride-Plus” Scholarships ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 18, 2013) Asheville School seniors Jonathan George (Lexington, KY) and Matthew Gilliland (Montreat, NC) have been selected as finalists for “full-ride-plus” scholarships.

Both George and Gilliland are in the running for the Brown Fellows Program at Centre College in Kentucky, which includes full tuition, room and board, four summer enrichment programs, and more.

According to Centre’s website, The Brown Fellows Scholarship program “was established as an individualized course of development in which outstanding students build leadership skills through independent study, community service, and experiential learning.” Finalists from last year’s applicants had an average unweighted GPA of 3.99 and over half of the finalists graduated first in their class.

“I’ve grown up in Kentucky, knowing Centre as a great school,” said George. “Getting this scholarship is just that much more of an honor!”

If George is awarded the scholarship, he hopes to continue his work with the Local Food Committee, a project he has been passionate about while attending Asheville School.

“My work with the Local Food Committee has been an important part of my senior year at Asheville School, and I would be thrilled if Centre could award me the opportunity to continue,” George said.

Gilliland also hopes to continue a passion he discovered while at Asheville School.

“If awarded the scholarship to Centre, I would like to continue my work with local clothing companies. Having started the bow tie society here on campus, I have a passion for businesses that specialize in southern clothing styles,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland is also a finalist for the Richardson Family Scholarship at Wofford College in South Carolina, which is the highest honor awarded to a freshman. Owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson is a Wofford alumnus. This scholarship includes full tuition, fees, room and board, a stipend for books, a laptop, summer internships, and more.

“If awarded the Richardson Family Scholarship, I would love to study abroad in New Zealand or Italy,” says Gilliland. “Wofford offers an extraordinary January term, allowing students to travel to countries for a month, rather than a whole semester. If I attend Wofford, I hope to take advantage of numerous different January term opportunities.”

These scholars will have the opportunity to participate in additional enrichment activities including dinner with Wofford’s Board of Trustees, career preparation sessions, and interaction with the Carolina Panthers and the National Football League.

“Centre and Wofford are both great institutions, and I am honored to have these opportunities,” said Gilliland. “Even if I am not awarded these scholarships, the process of interviewing for them is a great opportunity in and of itself.”

George and Gilliland will travel to these colleges in March to participate in their final scholarship weekends. “These are the premiere scholarships at Wofford and Centre,” said Asheville School’s College Office Director Leah Lambert. “We are thrilled that Jonathan and Matthew have been honored as finalists.”

A nationally acclaimed co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school, Asheville School enrolls approximately 275 students from across the country and overseas. Recent graduates are attending Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Caltech, UCLA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Davidson, NC State, University of Virginia, Emory, Duke, and Wake Forest, among others.


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