HICKORY — The board of directors of the Patrick Beaver Scholarship Foundation, Inc. announced its college scholarship recipients.

The foundation is named in honor of Patrick Beaver, a Hickory native who attended Hickory Public Schools and was a rising senior at Christ School in Arden when he died in 1997.

The Patrick Beaver Scholars are required to possess strong character, leadership qualities, solid academics and clear educational goals. Applications are accepted each spring from local high school students. Each student receives a college tuition scholarship totaling $12,000 over a four-year period.

The Patrick Beaver Scholars for the class of 2023 are Matthew Connor, Sara Heath, Savannah Isenhour, Ethan Jarrett and Colby Shepler.

Foundation awards college scholarships


Matthew Connor will attend NC State University this fall.

While at Newton-Conover High School, he played varsity tennis, was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society and started an agriculture club.

Matthew was selected chief junior marshal and participated in Science Olympiad and Envirothon competitions throughout high school. He is the son of Tracy and Julie Connor. He plans to major in engineering.

Foundation awards college scholarships


Sara Heath will attend NC State University this fall.

While at Alexander Central High School, she was on the varsity swim team and was co-captain of the varsity cross-country team.

Sara held various officer positions with JROTC and was a member of Beta Club and student council. Sara is the daughter of Brian and Melody Heath.

She plans to major in agricultural science while at NC State University.

Foundation awards college scholarships


Savannah Isenhour will attend Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to begin her college career.

At Newton-Conover High School, she was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club and Student Council.

Savannah was selected to be a junior marshal and is completing her course work to be a certified nursing assistant.

Savannah is the daughter of Angela Isenhour. She plans to get her AA in Nursing and then continue for a BA in Nursing to achieve her goal of being a flight nurse.

Foundation awards college scholarships


Ethan Jarrett will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

While at Fred T. Foard High School, he participated in football and golf.Ethan also served as an athletic events announcer, school reporter, and as a school spirit leader. He was selected to be a junior marshal, Beta Club member, and student government representative.

Over the summer, Ethan attended Tarheel Boys’ State and attained his Eagle Scout award. Ethan is the son of Catrina Jarrett. He is undecided on his major, but he plans to work in the medical field. He is currently studying for his certified nursing assistant designation.

Foundation awards college scholarships


Colby Shepler will attend NC State University in the fall.

While at Hickory High School, he was captain of the varsity cross-country, varsity golf and winter track teams.

Colby was a member of the Beta Club, Key Club and National Honor Society. He was also a member of both the science and English national honor societies.

Colby is the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Shepler. He plans to study engineering while at NC State University.

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