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BOONE — This fall, 20 students in Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences started classes as Beaver Scholars, qualifying for scholarships of $10,000 per academic year. The first class of scholars for the endowed scholarship program was selected during the 2018-19 academic year.
Anthony Cangas, of Creedmoor, a graduate student in the exercise science program at Appalachian State University, is one of 20 students to receive the inaugural Beaver Scholarship.
A reception for the inaugural Beaver Scholars held Sept. 6 at the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences provided the scholars an opportunity to meet their donors, Don Beaver ’62 ’64 and his wife, Vickie Beaver — the couple for whom the college is named. The Beavers established the program with the goal of providing support to North Carolina students with a commitment to health care careers.
In her remarks, Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts thanked the Beavers, stating, “Programs like Beaver Scholars create opportunities for our students to earn an exceptional Appalachian education and to make real and powerful differences in their communities and beyond. For these students, that means advancing the health and well-being of our state’s citizens by increasing the numbers of critical health care personnel in communities that need it most.”
The scholarships, endowed by the Beavers in spring 2019, are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in health-focused programs, with priority given to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving health care in the region. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient meets academic standards established by the college.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Appalachian,” Don Beaver shared. “During my senior year, I took an office practice course that included an internship program at Watauga Hospital and that led me to my career in the long-term care field.”
Christian Rodriguez, a first-year nursing major, said receiving the Beaver Scholarship provided him with the opportunity to be the first member of his family to attend college.
“This is a big step forward for my family,” he shared. “This scholarship allows me to meet new friends and to expand my networking opportunities, and ultimately to achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. I’m very excited to be able to meet the Beavers and personally thank them for their support.”
“Thank you, scholars, for entrusting your education to Appalachian and for answering the call to strengthen health care in our state,” Everts said. “You are already making a difference, and the Appalachian Community will be here, supporting you, always.”
To learn more about the Beaver Scholars program and how to apply, visit https://healthsciences.appstate.edu/students/scholarships.