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Golden Corral Aims to Raise Money for Scholarships

Golden Corral MS Scholarship Program to Benefit the National MS Society 

There’s no better time to dine out and do good!  In 2014, Golden Corral restaurants in the Charlotte area aim to raise money to provide educational scholarships to families affected by multiple sclerosis – a lifelong unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.   To help remove barriers for students impacted by MS, Golden Corral launched this initiative in 2011.  During July/August 2013, Golden Corral restaurants in North Carolina, as well as some participating locations in South Carolina, raised over $62,000. 

"As co-chair of my high school's annual scholarship program, I get to see hands on how a scholarship can open a door for a student in financial need,” says Woody Fox, a Golden Corral franchisee.  “I read all of our applications every year and it is amazing that there are so many bright young people in our high schools who can't afford the average cost of a college education.  We want to make a real difference in the lives of these families impacted by multiple sclerosis.”

 “Golden Corral is making it possible to make sure that MS doesn’t stand in the way of an education,” said Jeff Furst, President of the Greater Carolinas Chapter.  “There aren’t many scholarships out there for people whose lives are touched by MS, and it is partners like Golden Corral that are making a real tangible difference in those lives, now.”

 

2014 Golden Corral MS Scholarship Recipients

  Keilah Hawk - National MS Society Top Scholar

Keilah Hawk is a 2014 graduate of Crest High School and a Shelby resident. Keilah, whose mother lives with MS, remained actively involved in extracurricular activities throughout high school, participating in National Honor Society, Yearbook staff and North Carolina Governor’s School, all while maintaining a strong academic standing.

Keilah plans to pursue a career in science or technology, with a potential interest in engineering. She believes this career path will allow her to apply her technical interests in the real world.

Keilah Hawk is one of thriteen recipients being recognized as a National MS Society Top Scholar. These scholars are recognized for their academic performance, leadership in extracurricular activities, outside reccomendations, work experience, education and career aspirations, and essay on the impact of MS in their lives.  

 

  Victoria Bonagura

Victoria Bonagura is a 2014 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School and a Charlotte resident. Victoria, whose father lives with MS, maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, and took part in several extracurricular activities, including Mock Trial, Relay for Life and Varsity Tennis.

Victoria has a passion for protecting and maintaining the environment. She looks forward to attending law school to focus on environmental law. Later in life, she hopes to become involved in politics at both the local and national level.   

 

  Jamie Fashimpaur

Jamie Fashimpaur is a 2014 graduate of North Davidson High School and a Lexington resident. Jamie, whose mother lives with MS, finished third in her class. Jamie is actively involved in the National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, cross country, and track.

Jamie plans to pursue a degree in Art History and International Studies, with hopes of a future in art restoration or recovery. She hopes to have internship opportunities at art museums, eventually gaining a specialization in European art that will allow her to work abroad.  

 

  Kayla Montgomery

Kayla Montgomery is a 2014 graduate of Mount Tabor High School and a Winston-Salem resident. Kayla, who lives with MS, was actively involved with the Mount Tabor cross country and track team, becoming team captain and eventually receiving an athletic scholarship.

Kayla currently plans to study biology in college, with the ultimate goal of becoming a forensics analyst. She also plans to continue her running career, and hopes to qualify for nationals, eventually becoming an All American runner. 

 

  Samuel Title

Samuel Title is a 2014 graduate of Cary academy and a Raleigh resident.  Samuel, whose father lives with MS, maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, all while staying actively involved in extracurricular activities such as the Debate Team, National Honor Society and Varsity Track and Field.

Samuel plans to pursue a career in engineering because he enjoyed his high school chemistry, physics and calculus classes. 

 

 

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