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Nine named Patrick Henry Scholars, awarded two tuition-free years



MARTINSVILLE – Patrick Henry Community College is awarding nine students the title of Patrick Henry Scholar. As one of the highest distinctions PHCC offers students, this award provides the recipients with two years of free tuition at PHCC. Scholars are selected for their exemplary academic achievement and leadership abilities in high school. The 2018-19 Patrick Henry Scholars are:

  • Hannah Beasley, daughter of Felecia and David Haymore, graduated from Patrick County High School with a 4.1 GPA. While in high school, Beasley was a member of the Praise and Worship Team, varsity softball team, volleyball team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also completed coursework and earned her Certified Nursing Assistant licensure. She volunteers with the “Shop with a Cop” program and Bicycle Race fundraiser with the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office. Beasley is enrolled in PHCC’s science program and plans to become an occupational therapist.

  • Kristina Beckett, daughter of Angela and Kenneth Beckett, graduated from Patrick County High School with a 3.6 GPA. She was a member of the Beta Club, Sign Language Club, and the Pet and Animal Care Club. She received the JROTC Academic Award, Senior BETA Award, and the Career and Technical Education Medal. Beckett was in the marching band and served as the percussion leader for three years. She is enrolled in the Pre-BSN program and plans a career in the healthcare field.

  • Jared Brown, son of Angie and Jason Brown, graduated from Patrick County High School with a 3.5 GPA. He was on the academic honor roll during his high school career and was the vice-president of the Spanish Club. Brown was a member and co-captain of the baseball team. He was a volunteer maintenance worker and basketball referee for the Patrick County Recreation Department. He is enrolled in the Industrial Electronics Technology program and plans to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree.

  • Christian Easley, son of Tameia and Neil Easley, graduated from Bassett High School with a 3.5 GPA. He was on the Honor Roll during high school and a member of the BETA Club, DECA Club, Impact Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and the National Society of Black Engineers earning the NSBE Torchbearer award. Easley participated in the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy and served as a tourism ambassador with the MHC Tourism Office. He also played on the BHS baseball and football team and is a member of the PHCC baseball team. He is enrolled in the General Studies program and plans to transfer to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine.

  • Marlee Hunt, daughter of Amanda and Timothy Hunt, graduated from Magna Vista High School with a 4.2 GPA. She was on the academic honor roll during her high school career and received the Henry County Public Schools Academic Excellence Award. She was a member of the Warrior Tech Academy, BETA Club, Students Organized for Developing Attitudes Club (SODA), CHILL, Harvest Youth Board and Student Council Homecoming Committee. Hunt also played on the volleyball team. She is a volunteer for Christmas Cheer, Back2School Project and is active in her church youth group. She is enrolled in the Student Teacher Prep program and plans to transfer to a university to earn an education degree.

  • Alanna Keaton, daughter of Beverly and James Keaton, graduated from Bassett High School with a 4.2 GPA. She earned the academic honor roll award during high school and was a member of the BETA Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, AfterProm Committee, and the BHS Mentor program. She participated in concert band and played JV basketball. Keaton was in the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy and is active in her church as a camp counselor and bible school teacher. She is enrolled in the General Studies program and plans to transfer to Longwood University to perhaps pursue a degree in anthropology.

  • Hannah Martin, daughter of Amy and Scott Martin, graduated from Patrick County High School with a 4.4 GPA. She received the Superintendents Scholars award, Anatomy and Psychology academic awards, English academic award, and a student art show award. She was a member of the BETA Club and the History Scholastic Bowl Team. Martin played on the girl’s varsity tennis team and was the MVP for two years. She has volunteered with the Patrick County Branch Library, Stuart Elementary School and the Patrick County Agricultural Fair. She is enrolled in the General Studies program and plans to transfer to the university level and complete a master’s degree in Communication Studies and Disorders.

  • Monroe Morse, son of Lori and J.D. Morse, graduated from Patrick County High School with a 3.5 GPA. He was a guitar player for the Praise and Worship team, a member of the varsity club, and a marching band lieutenant. As a member and captain of the cross country team, he received the Newcomer Award, Cougar Award, and Most Valuable Player award. He was also captain of the indoor and outdoor track team and a qualifier for the indoor state track meet. Morse is a member of the PHCC cross country and track team. He is enrolled in the Industrial Welding program and plans to be a certified welder and mechanic.

  • Jennifer Sutphin, daughter of Rhonda Reef, graduated from Patrick County High School with a 3.5 GPA. She was a member of the Spanish Club, Small Animal Care Club, Science Club, and Appalachian Arts and Studies Club partnership with Radford University. Sutphin was also on the varsity tennis team. She completed coursework and received her state cosmetology license. She volunteered with the PCHS Drama Club and the Landmark Center. She is enrolled in the General Studies program with plans to complete the associate degree nursing program and transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship applications for the 2019/2020 Patrick Henry Scholars and Commonwealth Legacy Awards will open on February 1 and close on March 31.

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