The ROSE Scholars’ Luncheon Held at Bank of NC

The Stanly Community College (SCC) Foundation recently recognized mentors, scholars and friends of the Katherine Sikes Crutchfield Scholarship program, more commonly known as the ROSE Scholarship program, during a recent luncheon held at the Bank of North Carolina in Locust.

The ROSE Scholarship program provides annual scholarships to prospective female students and was funded by the Crutchfield Family Foundation in memory of Mrs. Katherine Sikes Crutchfield, who was a teacher in the Stanly County School System for many years.

Students are matched with mentors from the community who offer support and encouragement. These students meet with their mentors throughout the year as an effort to increase communication and strengthen the relationship that builds over the course of obtaining their degree.

Mrs. Beth Swanner, Chairperson of the ROSE program, gave a warm welcome to all scholars, mentors and guests attending the luncheon. Lisa Hinson, a scholarship recipient, who is currently enrolled in the Human Services Technology program, gave the invocation. April Mabry, who is an SCC graduate of the Early Childhood Education program, spoke to the guests about her educational journey and how thankful she was for the ROSE program. Each scholar remarked how thankful they were for the ROSE Scholarship program and what it meant to them.

“To date, over 200 local women have been impacted by the ROSE Scholarship program. They have become productive and valuable citizens of this community. The result of this scholarship program generated through the philanthropy of the Crutchfield Family Foundation, will be felt for generations to come,” noted Mrs. Swanner.

For more information about the ROSE Scholarship program, please contact Christy Bogle, Executive Director, SCC Foundation, at (704) 991-0370 or

Rose Scholars Mentors

Pictured on front row from left to right: ROSE scholars Tiffany Shaw (Associate in Arts), Janice Bentley (Medical Assisting), Maria Allera (Computer Information Technology), Lisa Hinson (Human Services Technology) and Heather Birmingham (Pharmacy Technology). Pictured on back row from left to right: ROSE mentors Marian McSwain, Claudia Odom, Beth Swanner, and Kay Baucom. Not pictured ROSE mentor Barbara Whitley.