Shallow Ford Foundation announces recipients of three scholarships
Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 21, 2022
The Salem Glen College Assistance Program
The Shallow Ford Foundation announces that two adult students have been awarded scholarships from The Salem Glen College Assistance Program for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Felecia Jordan and Chantel Gillis are this year’s recipients.
The scholarship program was established by Salem Glen, a charitably-minded residential community with homes in both Forsyth and Davidson County. The program provides a $2,500 scholarship and pairs the recipient with a mentor from the Salem Glen community who can provide encouragement and guidance in their academic pursuits. Recipients are adult students returning to school or beginning a degree or certificate program at Davidson-Davie Community College. Salem Glen residents Ken Burkel and Janet Quintal will provide mentorships to the students this year.
“This scholarship has not only impacted me with the ability to start my educational journey but it has also impacted my family,” Jordan said. “My children are excited for me and have mentioned that one day they would like to apply for a scholarship for their education as well.”
She will begin work towards her Associates of Nursing in the fall, hoping to go on to work in the mental health or hospice care field after graduation.
“I would like to thank the assistance program, the Bunker family and the Burkel family for taking the time to hear my story, to believe in my aspirations and goals,” Gillis said. “This scholarship is going to allow me to reduce my worry and focus all my energy on reaching those aspiration and goals without additional financial burdens.”
Gillis is a student in the Practical Nursing Education program working towards becoming a licensed nurse.
Each of the two awards are given in honor of remarkable individuals: Richard Bunker and Jerome (Fritz) Burkel.
An electrical engineer by trade, Bunker valued education above all else and believed that everyone had the right to higher education. In his retirement, he found great joy in tutoring all levels and ages of students, ranging from middle school through graduate school. This award is given in loving remembrance, thanks to his family.
Burkel was in the 28th Infantry Division and died on Aug. 7, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service and sacrifice to his country. Less than a month later, the 28th Infantry Division would be instrumental in the liberation of Paris and continue the fighting into Belgium. They would also be at the forefront of the Battle of the Bulge and ultimately the first Allied troops to enter Germany. Burkel was no longer with them, but along with the thousands of other fallen brothers, significantly contributed to this monumental event in U.S. history. His family is honoring Fritz and his service and sacrifice with this scholarship.
“Knowing these funds are going to be available to me has shifted my focus from finances to ensuring other aspects of my goals are in order,” Gillis said. “I am looking forward to the mentorship and can’t wait to learn from the person that will be selected for me. I am also excited to find out where I can help serve.”
The Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad Scholarship
This year, The Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad Scholarships of the Shallow Ford Foundation were awarded to two adults students seeking a degree or credential in the healthcare field.
Annie Ellis attends Liberty University, where she has completed her freshman year, studying in its nursing program. She was drawn to this profession for the opportunity it provides to be there for people on their best days and on their worst days.
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship because it will enable me to continue my education to be a nurse,” Ellis said. “I hope to honor Ms. Conrad’s legacy by selflessly serving my community and this scholarship helps me get one step closer to doing that.”
Tanya Crockett attends Davidson-Davie Community College. She has worked in health care for 21 years and is the mother of three. Her goal is to be the smiling face that makes a difference to her patients. She is working towards her degree in nursing.
“I am so ecstatic to receive this scholarship,” Crockett said. “This scholarship will help me to be able to focus on my goals and aspirations without the stress of financial burden. I am truly blessed and I intend to make the founders of this scholarship proud.”
John and Angela Golden established the scholarship to honor Angela’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad. She obtained her GED and went to work in a Burlington sock mill to be able to pay her way through nursing school. This scholarship honors her strength, independence and
generous service to her family, church, and community.
The Kim and Chris Henson Scholarship
The Shallow Ford Foundation has awarded two Kim and Chris Henson Scholarship Awards to students from the Reagan High School class of 2022, Alonso Rodriguez and Rocco Gigliotti.
The Kim and Chris Henson Scholarship Awards, being offered for the second time this year, are awarded to two student-athletes pursuing a four-year degree that leads to a career in the medical field or a four-year degree leading to a career in teaching.
Rodriguez will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing with the goal of going on to a doctorate degree. He is interested in orthopedic nursing.
He was a member of the varsity wrestling team for four years, serving as co-captain in his sophomore and senior seasons. He has volunteered with the Winston-Salem Community Garden, served on student council, held several leadership roles with the Spanish Club and was a member of (and advocate in expanding) the Chess Club.
“This scholarship will be instrumental in my academic journey,” Rodriguez said. “It will allow me to pursue an extensive educational career and help attain my goals of becoming a Nurse Practitioner and one day an M.D. in physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation). I am very fortunate to have been given this generous aid and I look forward to making the most of this opportunity!”
Gigliotti will attend Wofford University in the fall to major in biology with a long-term goal of either becoming a physical therapist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
At Reagan he played varsity soccer all four years and varsity football for two. He stepped forward to organize workouts over the summer with his soccer team when there was a transition in coaching at the school. He was active with Fellowship of Christian Athletics, the children’s ministry at his church, was a coach and mentor for Camel City Soccer camp for younger students (many from underprivileged backgrounds) and was active with Crosby Scholars.
“I am very grateful to be selected to receive The Kim and Chris Henson Scholarship,” Gigliotti said. “It will allow me to further my pursuit of biology at the next level and further on throughout my life.”
The Kim and Chris Henson Scholarship Awards are made possible by Kim and Chris Henson. Kim Henson serves on the board of directors of the Shallow Ford Foundation. She and Chris are proud parents of two Reagan alumni who went on to pursue advanced degrees and meaningful
careers in teaching and medicine. These awards are given in honor of their two daughters, who were student-athletes at Reagan High School.
About the Shallow Ford Foundation
The Shallow Ford Foundation exists to connect community and philanthropy for enduring results. The Foundation in an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, first formed in 2004 by the Rotary Club of Clemmons and converted to a community foundation in 2012. For more information, go to ShallowFordFoundation.org or call 336-663-6794.