PRESS RELEASE: MHA Announces 2017-2018 Scholarship Awards


The Morganton Humanist Alliance (MHA) has awarded two scholarships to local students Kazoua Lor and Jarrett Patrick who will be attending Western Piedmont Community College this fall. The Ronno Cooke Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship for $500 awarded to selected students who reside in Burke County and will be attending Western Piedmont Community College.

Founded in March 2016, MHA is a secular support and community action group for those who value compassion, rationality, and critical thinking. The scholarship was founded on the group’s recognition of the indispensable value of education to society, and with a desire to remove the financial barriers some local students face in obtaining a college degree.

Ronno Cooke was a Burke County humanitarian whose life exemplified secular humanist values. Mr. Cooke was an artist and educator involved in conservation, green technology, occupational safety, rehabilitation, and progressive journalism.

The scholarship is made possible due to collaboration with Brown Mountain Bottleworks in downtown Morganton, where a quarterly “Pints For Peoples” fundraiser is hosted. During the event, one dollar is donated for each draft beverage purchased throughout the day.

The next fundraiser will be held this Monday, August 7. There will be a short ceremony at 7pm to present the award to Lor and Patrick. The public is invited to attend.

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