Haywood Community College Early Childhood Associate-Teacher Associate student Shelia Wilke recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students who have demonstrated academic success and community service.  

Wilke volunteers with Haywood County Public Schools, youth league basketball, Morning Star Church meal assistance, and the Canton soup kitchen. She has also tutored 5th grade at Meadowbrook elementary and volunteered as a field trip supervisor.

Wilke will graduate in May and would like to assist in Haywood County Schools in grades kindergarten through second or work in a preschool environment.

Wilke has extensive experience with children. She has four at home ranging in age from 11 through 17. She has been a substitute teacher for Haywood County for eight years. Currently, Wilke works with West Asheville Baptist Church’s daycare where she has held different activities for the children such as making identification cards, seat belt safety, first aid, and cooking Indian fry bread.

“I enjoy watching children learn,” Wilke says. “They have a different point of view than adults. I learn from them.”

Wilke enjoys reading murder mysteries, gardening, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with family.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders.

“The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is an extension of our long-standing commitment to college education throughout the United States,” says J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “This scholarship honors students who often balance responsibilities of school, work, and family, but also find time to give back to their communities through volunteer service.”