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Graduates

How to Apply

The Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship is an annual award ($2500) given to a graduating senior at Eastern Alamance High School that is pursuing a STEM field of study at a four-year university.  Half of the award total is paid to the university for the fall semester and the other half for the spring semester of the student's freshman year.  

The 2022 application window is now open!  Please follow this link to start the online application process.  After navigating to the host site, you must first create an account and then you may access our application using the scholarship code: there

Submit by 11:59pm on April 8th, 2022

Applications are due on May 15, 2020.

Awardees will be notified by phone and presented the award at the Eastern Alamance Awards Day Ceremony.

 

THERESA HOOKS MEMORIAL STEM SCHOLARSHIP

The Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship was formed to carry on Theresa's dedication to helping those in Mebane and the surrounding communities.  As a chemistry and math major at Meredith College, Theresa was a strong advocate for ensuring that all Americans have access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) knowledge and skills.  This endowed scholarship will not only help to reduce the financial burden of the ever increasing college tuition, but will hopefully raise awareness of the importance of fostering a strong, STEM-capable workforce.  

 

Scholarship Recipients

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Joseph McPherson of Eastern Alamance High School (EAHS) is the 2018 inaugural winner of the Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship.  Joseph is a well-rounded student; he held several student club leadership positions, shined on the cross country and tennis teams, and excelled in the most challenging classes offered at EAHS.  Joseph will continue his academic training at Wake Forest University, where he will pursue a degree in molecular biology.  He aspires to have a career as a geneticist so that he can be a part of the fight against cancer. 

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Scholarship Recipients

2020
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Eiona Engwall is the 2020 winner of the Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship.  Eiona is an exemplary student, who is described as focused, driven, selfless, and self-motivated.  She was noted to be a genuine and natural leader with career aspirations to study climate change while expanding the role of women and girls within STEM fields.  She will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill with plans to major in biology and environmental science.

2019
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Aarron Barr is the 2019 winner of the Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship.  Aarron is a model student that is goal-oriented and dedicated to helping our four-legged friends.  Winner of the 2018 United Way Alamance County Volunteer of the Year, Aarron donated his award to fund medical care for animals in need.  Aarron will continue to quest to help animals by pursing career as a Veterinarian.  His next step will be at NC A&T State University as an Animal Science major. 

2018
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Joseph McPherson is the 2018 inaugural winner of the Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship.  Joseph is a well-rounded student; he held several student club leadership positions, shined on the cross country and tennis teams, and excelled in the most challenging classes offered at EAHS.  Joseph will continue his academic training at Wake Forest University, where he will pursue a degree in molecular biology.  He aspires to have a career as a geneticist so that he can be a part of the fight against cancer. 

2021
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Lillian Fitzgerald is the 2021 winner of the Theresa Hooks Memorial STEM Scholarship.  Lillian sought out the most challenging courses and achieved a flawless academic record earning the distinction of Valedictorian.  She also demonstrated strong leadership skills as she led her Science Team to a first-place finish at the NC Science Fair Regionals and her Ethics Bowl team to a runner-up finish in the National High Schools Ethics Bowl.  Lillian will continue her education at Princeton University to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and she hopes that her education will empower her to improve the places we live and our communities’ well-being.