A Clayton High School student has received a four-year scholarship to attend Gardner-Webb University, a Division I school located in Boiling Springs.
Bridgette Turner, 18, 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.
Turner received the comprehensive scholarship, valued at more than $158,000 over the course of four years. Members of the Gardner-Webb Office of Undergraduate Admissions made the announcement among Turner’s family, friends and teachers.
“Did I get the scholarship?” Turner asked as the room broke into cheers and applause. Her parents, Mark and Iris Turner, were quick to offer congratulatory hugs, and her younger sister, Georgia, beamed. “I’m so proud of you, Bridget.”
Wiping away tears, Iris Turner said, “You’ve worked so hard; you’ve earned this.”
While an excellent academic record qualified Turner to interview for the top scholarship, her outside-the-classroom commitments helped her stand out from other worthy candidates, the university said. She volunteers at Brian Center nursing home twice a week and at the nonprofit With Love From Jesus once a month.
Turner has taken part in youth group mission trips in North Carolina and Tennessee, and she is a member of Clayton High’s 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, a liberal arts Christian school, Turner plans to major in communication studies and minor in American Sign Language.