Iredell County homeschooled student awarded 4-year college scholarship

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An Iredell County student who has been homeschooled was recently awarded a scholarship to attend Gardner-Webb University this fall, valued at nearly $170,000 over four years.

Emily Rhew, 18, is currently enrolled in classes at Mitchell Community College - Mooresville Campus and at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte through the North Carolina Career and College Promise program.

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.

Recently, members of the GWU Office of Undergraduate Admissions made the announcement at Rhew’s home among a crowd of family and friends.

“The day I found out that I was the Ignite Excellence Scholar, I was just overwhelmed with emotion,” she shared. “I was just so blessed, and it felt like all the hard work I had put into my academics and extracurricular activities was being rewarded and acknowledged in a really, really awesome way.”

Her parents, Sara and Lance Rhew, hosted the presentation at their home, which is just a few minutes outside of Davidson. “We’re extremely proud of Emily’s tenacity and accomplishments,” Sara Rhew offered. “It was such a privilege to nurture her spiritually and academically. We can’t wait to witness God’s work in her life as she begins the next phase of her journey.”

The Ignite Excellence Scholarship Program awards one top comprehensive scholarship, four tuition-only four-year scholarships, and several $3,000-per-year renewable academic scholarships.