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Wilks Awarded Eastern Star Scholarship


Catawba Valley Community College student Adele Wilks was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from Catawba Chapter 124 of the Order of the Eastern Star through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are approximately 1 million members under the General Grand Chapter.  
Wilks will complete an associate degree in business administration next fall and plans to begin a bachelor’s degree in adult education. She served as a 2010 graduation marshal, was selected for the 2010-11 CVCC Student Leadership Academy and named to the Honors List in spring 2010. She was a work-study student and volunteered in CVCC’s Cooperative Education Department, and she served as a peer mentor. A former resident of the Family Care Center, Wilks volunteers at the center’s Thrift Store. A native of Akron, Ohio, Wilks has lived in Hickory for the past three years. She and her three children attend Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church where she is involved in the social ministry and the nursery. She works as an administrative assistant in CVCC’s Personnel Dept.

The CVCC Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation with the mission to foster and promote the growth, progress, and general welfare of CVCC.  Teresa W. Biggs, CVCC Foundation Executive Director may be reached for additional information at 828-327-7000, extension 4288, or email  Dianne Little, Director of CVCC’s Homegrown Teaching Scholars Program, may be reached at 828-327-7000, extension 4411, or email

Pictured above are (from left) Gail Carpenter, Worthy Matron, Catawba Chapter #124 Order of the Eastern Star; Teresa Biggs, CVCC Foundation Executive Director; scholarship recipient Adel Wilks; Phillip Spencer, Worthy Patron, Catawba Chapter #124 Order of the Eastern Star.


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator