Social Outreach

College Scholarships

Since 1954, more than 190 high school seniors in Catawba County have been assisted with college tuition expenses through Service League Scholarships. Students receive assistance based on financial need, academic achievement, leadership and work ethic.

The Service League awards

  • $10,000 ($2,500/year for four years) Endowment Fund Scholarships (yearly one [1] or two [2] are given)
  • $10,000 ($2,500/year for four years) Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Endowment Fund Scholarship*
    *Established 1997 in his memory through the benevolence of Jack Kahn and other friends and associates
  • Other monies yearly as one-time Merit Awards

Application forms will be available in late January through every Catawba County area High School Guidance Department.

Annually, a portion of the Service League operating budget is pledged to scholarship assistance. In addition, Scholarship Endowment Funds add income to the distribution of funds annually. Donations, honorariums and memorial gifts continue the growth of these funds. These gifts can be mailed directly to Service League of Hickory (or contact us.)

Honor or remember a special person by completing a Service League Honor Card. These cards are available for a donation of $5 or more. All gifts will be acknowledged and are added to Service League Scholarship Endowment Fund investments.

2013 Scholarship Recipients:

QuocThinh Truong Katie Vang

QuocThinh Truong
$10,000 Glenn C. Hilton Scholarship
Hickory High School
Lenoir Rhyne University – Engineering

Katie Vang
$10,000 SEF Scholarship
Maiden High School
East Carolina University – Biology

QuocThinh Truong Katie Vang

Ayla Rand
$1,500 Merit Scholarship
Discovery High School
Jacksonville State University – Journalism

Kaitlin Ayers
$500 Merit Scholarship
Bunker Hill High School
UNC Greensboro – Education

2012 Scholarship Recipients:

Mary Francis Fann Philip Bell Matthew Bruce

Mary Francis Fann
$10,000 Scholarship Endowment Fund
Hickory High School
NC State – Biology/Veterinarian

Philip Bell
$3,000 In Memory of Suzanne Millholland Merit Award
Bandys High School
NC State – Engineering

Matthew Bruce
$3,000 In Memory of Suzanne Millholland Merit Award
St. Stephens High School
NC State – Aerospace Engineering/Physics

2011 Scholarship Recipients:

Dianna Beatty Chrystal Fuller

Dianna Beatty
$10,000 SEF
Bunker Hill High School
UNC – Charlotte/Biology

Crystal Fuller
$1,000 Merit Award
Hickory High School

2010 Scholarship Recipients:

Kara Bentley Krista Fulbright Alexander Dezayas

Kara Bentley
$10,000 SEF
Newton Conover High School
Appalachian State University/
medical career

Krista Fulbright
$10,000 SEF
Bunker Hill High School
UNC – Chapel Hill/
biology and physical therapy

Alexander Dezayas
$3,000 SEF Merit Scholarship
Hickory High School
Lenoir-Rhyne University/
nurse anesthetist