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Clemmons Community Foundation announces scholarships  

The Clemmons Community Foundation announces three of its scholarship recipients.

Daphne Henry

The Charles and Robin Paul Scholarship Award

Recipient: Daphne Henry, a rising senior at Winston-Salem State University.

This award, offered for the first time this year, is made possible by Charles and Robin Paul. They are active members of the Chris Paul Family Foundation and Robin serves on the board of the Clemmons Community Foundation. Dedicated advocates for education, the scholarship is one more way they seek to level the playing field for students. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to an adult student from Forsyth County who is returning to higher education to work towards a degree and a promising career.

Henry shared the following. “I accept this scholarship with extreme honor. I sincerely appreciate the support of those who value higher education and want me to continue in my studies. By awarding me The Charles and Robin Paul Scholarship Award, I am able to focus on what is important to me…this award will be a great stress relief for me. This scholarship will help me significantly in my quest to complete my degree. It allows me the opportunity to focus more on education and conducting research in the field of social work.” Henry just completed her junior year at Winston-Salem State University. She has held a full-time and part-time weekend jobs while working towards her degree. In addition, she has volunteered with the Forsyth Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program, advocating for children in the foster care system. “In this field, I get to be a voice for all who cannot advocate for themselves. My ultimate goal: making this world a better place one person at a time,” said Henry.

The Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship

Jacob Kathman

Recipient: Jacob Kathman, a 2021 graduate of West Forsyth High School.

The Rebecca and Dany Green Music Scholarship honors the influential music teaching careers of Rebecca and Danny Green, which have spanned nearly four decades in Forsyth County. The scholarship recognizes graduating students who have contributed notably to the music programs of West Forsyth High School. One recipient is selected each year to receive the $1,500 scholarship. “It is an honor to receive this scholarship named after two of my own music educators, Danny and Rebecca Green. This scholarship will help enable me to pursue my passions in music and medicine at Wake Forest University,” said Kathman. Through his high school career, Kathman performed on trombone with All-County Band, All-District Band, All-Region Jazz Band, the West Region Orchestra, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Jazz Honors Band, the West Forsyth Wind Ensemble, and the West Forsyth Marching Band. He plans to double major in music and biology, keeping active with ensembles as he completes his undergraduate degree, with an eye towards medical school. Kathman adds, “music is a part of who I am, and it will help me connect with patients and colleagues in the future.” This scholarship will continue the recognition of Rebecca and Danny Green’s remarkable careers and will provide future students support for years to come.

Leslie Martin West Forsyth Early Scholars Award

Justin Borja

Recipient: Justin Borja, a 2021 graduate of West Forsyth High School.

The Leslie Martin West Forsyth Early Scholars Award recognizes juniors and seniors who enrolled in college courses while in high school. Through the Career & College Promise program, North Carolina pays college tuition while in high school, and Winston-Salem Forsyth County pays for books. The $2,500 award offers assistance with continuing college expenses after graduation, such as tuition and books. One award is given each year to a meritorious student.

Borja will attend Guilford Technical Community College in the fall, with plans to go on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Justin shares that “this scholarship is important to me because it will help me fulfill my dreams of achieving a bachelor’s degree in economics and working in the financial services industry.” During his time at West Forsyth High School, Borja was on the football team and involved with the Student Government Association, National Spanish Honors Society, and was a Lewisville Library teen assistant. In addition, he served in the community as an online math tutor and a Crosby Scholar.

Both the Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship and the Leslie Martin West Forsyth Early Scholars Award are made possible by the John E. Stewart Scholarship Fund. John Stewart, a retired engineer and well-known philanthropist, has established scholarship opportunities at West Forsyth High School, a Rotary Peace Scholarship, and other community and Rotary contributions.

The Clemmons Community Foundation facilitates these and other scholarship opportunities for local philanthropists. For more information on the scholarship programs, visit clemmonsfoundation.org. Additional awards from their 2021 opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.