First Scholarship Graduate
Initially one full scholarship (including tuition, room and board, and books) was awarded by the Blowing Rock Community Foundation. Amber Teague Bratt was the first Foundation student to complete her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Appalachian State University in August, 1999 with a degree in geography and a concentration in geographic information systems.
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Today Amber lives in Broomfield, Colorado with her husband Steve and her daughter Brianna. Amber is currently working on a Master’s in Education at Regis University and is expecting her second child, a son, in January, 2013. Amber and her family are pictured below.
Amber asked to share the following: “I am eternally grateful for the generosity and care given to me by the Blowing Rock Community Foundation members and for the scholarship given to me. They gave me so much more than money. They worked with Upward Bound, university staff, and my family to give me encouragement, pride, education and guidance at a critical juncture in life. The scholarship committee taught me time and money management, accountability, and how to set attainable goals.”
Since that first scholarship, over $300,000 has been awarded to 70+ Blowing Rock students.
The majority of these scholarship recipients have completed their community college and/or undergraduate degrees and many have or are completing advanced degrees.
Several families have had two or more siblings receive the Blowing Rock Community Foundation Scholarship. The Lemyre sisters – Clara, Kati, and Miranda – are such a family.
The following is where they have been and what they are doing now:
- Clara graduated from Hollins University in 2006 with a degree in psychology with aconcentration in animal behavior. After graduation (magna cum laude), a year in graduate school in Texas, and travel in Europe, she decided that she wanted a career as a zookeeper. After volunteering and making many applications, Clara is now living her
dream as she works at Kids Cove at the Knoxville Zoo. There
she is responsible for the care of many farm animals as well as native animals including a corn snake. Clara is pictured with one of her “brood” – a miniature Mediterranean donkey named Alex.
- Kati graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008 with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. After graduation (magna cum laude), she was accepted into the doctoral program in physical therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Kati graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 and, in her words, “landed her top choice job asan acute care physical therapist at Wesley-Long Hospital in Greensboro.” She is pictured during her work day.
- Miranda graduated from North Carolina State University in May, 2012 with a double major in zoology and poultry science. It should be noted that she graduated summa cum
laude and as valedictorian. Miranda is currently a first year student at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to work with small animals following her graduation in 2016.
She is pictured with one of her “clients”.
In the words of Kati: “Thank you Blowing Rock Community Foundation for being part of my education experience.”
Amber Teague Bratt and the Lemyre sisters are excellent examples of the caliber of students in the Blowing Rock community. The Blowing Rock Foundation is proud of these scholarship recipients – both in and out of the university experience.