Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 11-14-06

For immediate release.


Two Haywood Community College students were recently awarded the State Employees Credit Union Foundation Scholarship. Waynesville residents, Amber Elaine Harveson and Kelley Jean Hoglen, both received $ to attend the school.

Amber Elaine Harveson plans to pursue a degree in nursing and eventually focus on neonatal care. After completing an associate degree at HCC, she hopes to continue her education at WCU to pursue both bachelor's and master's degrees. Upon finishing her education, she hopes to work at Mission Hospital.

While in high school, Harverson took health occupation classes. She is a member of East Waynesville Baptist Church where she has directed Sunday school and vacation Bible school classes.

Harverson has also participated in Relay for Life and blood drives. She has donated blood, volunteered in a soup kitchen, and worked with the Salvation Army to provide shelter and canned goods to victims of Katrina. She has participated in gymnastics, ballet, tap, and jazz.

Kelley Jean Hoglen is pursuing a degree in cosmetology. She would like to gain experience in a salon after graduation before opening her own business.

Hoglen is a single parent of a six-month old son, Zachary Chase Cole. She decided to continue her education to make a better life for Zachary. While a student at HCC, she also works. During high school in Florida, Hoglen was active for three years in the yearbook.

Each community college in North Carolina receives two SECU Foundation scholarships per year valued at $1250 per semester. Preference is given to students whose parents or guardians and family members are public sector employees who live and work in North Carolina. To be considered for this scholarship, students should exemplify the membership philosophy of credit unions, "People Helping People," and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.

Photo Attached: (Debra Davis photo)

Shown in photo are (left to right): Selena Williamson, SECU Senior Loan Officer; Amber Harverson, HCC student and scholarship winner; Steve Kirton, SECU Advisory Board member; and Janice Gilliam, HCC Vice President Student Services and Transitional Programs. (Scholarship winner not available for photo: Kelley Jean Hoglen.)