HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 4, 2013 – High Point University junior history education major Cyril Jefferson has been selected as this year’s recipient of the United Way’s Bob Brown Scholarship, a scholarship named in honor of Bob Brown, a distinguished trustee of HPU and a dedicated supporter of the United Way and High Point University.
Recipients of the scholarship are dedicated members of the community and are involved with a United Way agency, and Jefferson is a prime example of student dedication. A 2010 graduate from T. Wingate Andrews High School, Jefferson has been involved with Communities in Schools since his sophomore year in high school. There, he participated heavily in their scholars program. Following graduation, he has continued to work with CIS as a volunteer mentor, where he now offers advice, wisdom and support to those in the program.
“Cyril was the perfect candidate; he was the keynote speaker at the annual United Way luncheon,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for Community Relations at HPU. “Once we heard him and understood his situation, we approached him. He’s a wonderful young man, committed scholar, accomplished musician and an outstanding member of the university’s community.”
The scholarship is renewable for four consecutive years for a total of $20,000. Jefferson says he’s extremely grateful to have been selected for such an honor; he says the scholarship funds will help pay his tuition.
“Being awarded this scholarship had a paramount effect on me and the work that I do in the community,” Jefferson says. “Bob Brown’s work in the community is impressive and his efforts nationwide come with high regard. The kind of legacy he has established and is still establishing will most certainly impact more young men like me. I only hope that I honor him well as a representation of his work through my accomplishments and influence amongst others.”
Jefferson, who also teaches the drum line at Andrews High School, has plans to teach United States history at the high school level, and someday hopes to be a school principal or serve in education administration.
HPU has many relationships with the United Way. Students – individuals, organizations, teams and more – volunteer with many of the United Way’s 29 agencies throughout the year, including internships with several agencies that serve as practical experience for future employment.