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Students Awarded Odd Fellows Scholarship

Catawba Valley Community College students Angela N. Beilharz of Taylorsville and Jennifer B. Coffey of Maiden were awarded scholarships from The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mountain Lodge No. 19 (Lincolnton) Scholarship established through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

Established last year in memorial to beloved lodge member Junior Scott, the scholarship assists students who exhibit financial need.  

Beilharz is enrolled in CVCC’s associate in arts degree where she is working on her lifelong goal of becoming a counselor. She will complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at CVCC and transfer to a university to major in psychology. While attending CVCC, she plans to earn a certified nursing assistant credential so she can gain work experience in a hospital setting. Her ultimate educational goal is to complete a master’s degree in counseling.

Beilharz has one child and has worked with adults with mental disabilities in group homes for the past seven years.

After spending the past 17 years raising two sons, Coffey has elected to pursue a nursing career. She is currently completing prerequisites to gain admission to CVCC’s associate degree nursing program. Her career goal includes working in a doctor’s office.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1819. The command of the Odd Fellows is to “visit the sick, relieve the distress, bury the dead and educate the orphans.”  Today, there are 10,000 lodges in approximately 26 countries.  The U.S. headquarters is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. Following are photos of groups of students chosen for this year’s scholarships. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator