Clayton High School senior Bridgette Turner has been awarded a four-year, comprehensive scholarship to attend Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs. Only one comprehensive scholarship is awarded by the University each year.
Bridgette learned of the Ignite Excellence Comprehensive Scholarship award during a surprise ceremony at her home. She and more than 200 other students traveled to Gardner-Webb earlier this year to interview for a chance to receive a tuition, room and board scholarship or one of four full-tuition scholarships. She was awarded the comprehensive scholarship, valued at more than $158,000 over the course of four years. Members of the GWU Office of Undergraduate Admissions made the announcement among Turner’s family, friends, and teachers.
Bridgette is the daughter of Mark and Iris Turner.
While an excellent academic record initially qualified Bridgette for an opportunity to interview for the top scholarship, her outside commitments helped her stand out. She volunteers with the at The Brian Center twice a week and at the non-profit organization With Love From Jesus once a month. She has participated in youth group mission trips and is a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Key Club, and Comets Care Club. She holds leadership positions in the art club and youth leadership council, and is assistant editor of the school yearbook. At Gardner-Webb, she plans to major in communication studies and minor in American Sign Language.