The inaugural Wilson Scholars, as new students, atop Table Rock in the Pisgah National Forest. The steep hike, according to Sarah Aldridge, second from left, became a metaphor for overcoming obstacles on the path to academic success. Photo submitted

Appalachian State University chose its inaugural Wilson Scholars in 2014 for their extensive leadership and service experience in high school, as well as their academic success.

Lily Shaw, Emma Labovitz, Sarah Aldridge and Juliet Irving said the scholarship program honed their skills in each area, while also allowing them to explore new possibilities and see how diverse academic interests could intersect with leadership and service.

Three of them graduated May 12, and the fourth is staying another year to finish her double major.

“The first Wilson Scholar graduates leave Appalachian with a distinguished and diverse record of leadership, academic excellence and service,” said alumni Brad and Carole Wilson, Class of 1975, who created the scholarship in 2013. “These outstanding graduates exemplify the qualities we envisioned when we established the Wilson Scholars. Their Appalachian Experience has equipped them to achieve great success, and we know they will.”

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Originally posted May 15, 2018. Written by Linda Coutant.

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