Mast Store scholarship recipients announced



Article Published: Jul. 7, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Kaitlyn Parris, a graduate of Watauga High School, is one of the recipients of the 2011 John E. Cooper III Memorial Scholarship.

Parris is the daughter of Tracy and Mary Ann Parris of Vilas.

Outside school and work, Parris volunteers at the Watauga Humane Society to exercise the dogs needing to find a forever home. She was also a member of the Key Club, one of the largest and oldest service clubs for high school students in the world. She achieved an academic letter, membership in the BETA Club, and listing on the honor roll.

As an incoming freshman at Appalachian State University, Parris said she has many reasons for continuing her education, not the least of which is "simply because I would like to broaden my horizons."

She continued, "Education creates new inventions, builds homes, saves lives and much more. ... My college education will be a foundation to build the rest of my life."

Daniel Russell, an employee of the Mast Store in Hendersonville, is also a recipient of the scholarship this year. He plans on attending UNC-Chapel Hill to study mathematics.

This year's award of the John E. Cooper III Memorial Scholarship is the 12th annual gifting from the fund established by Mast Store employees in 1998 to honor the memory of John and Faye Cooper's son. All applicants for this award must be either an employee of the Mast Store or a child of a current employee. Funds for the scholarship come directly from employee gifts and store contributions. The North Carolina Community Foundation administers the fund, and the Watauga Community Foundation Grant Committee determines the recipient each year.

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