College Graduates First Morehead-Cain Scholar

Daverian “Tre’” Williams will receive his bachelor’s and master’s from UNC-Chapel Hill for free thanks to his tuition-free associate degrees from Rowan-Cabarrus

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HARRISBURG, N.C. — Scholarships can literally make a higher education possible for students. Or you could be like Daverian Williams, who has earned over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships so far.

Although Daverian “Tre’” Williams, recent graduate of Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, could not accept all of these scholarship awards, he is most proud of receiving the Morehead-Cain scholarship, “the oldest, most prestigious merit scholarship program in the United States.”

Morehead-Cain scholars are provided with four full years, including summers, of fully-funded education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. People from all over the globe seek out this recognition, but only three percent – about 50 – of each year’s nominees are selected as Morehead-Cain scholars.

In addition to a rigorous course load as a high school and college student, Tre’ has been actively engaged in the community. He has volunteered at the Community Free Clinic and led his varsity intramural football team to the championship games. He also started his own book and movie club and worked at McDonald’s as a crew trainer. Tre’ successfully balanced his academic pursuits and community interests, all while setting an example for his four younger siblings.

During Tre’s time at Rowan-Cabarrus, he earned all A’s… except for the one Spanish class where he earned a B. Instead of being defeated, though, Tre’ turned that into a challenge and plans to minor in Spanish (and logic) while majoring in both math and business.

“Tre’ graduated with both an associate in arts and an associate in science. And thanks to the college education he earned at Rowan-Cabarrus, he will go to Chapel Hill as a junior. It also means that Tre’ will get to use about half of his scholarship to work on his master’s degree at UNC!” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Williams, a Harrisburg resident, is a graduate of the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School, which is located at the Rowan-Cabarrus South Campus in Concord. As one of the College’s two early college programs, it allows students to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit or an associate degree.

“It feels great to graduate from Rowan-Cabarrus,” Williams said. “I’ve worked hard, but I’m also very fortunate to be where I am in life.”

Williams spoke to nearly 5,000 people at the College’s 50th graduation ceremony.

“When I filled out the application for the Morehead-Cain Scholars program, I did not think I would receive it.… To accomplish great things, we must not only act but dream.… Dreams aren’t just for little children. They’re a driving force of humanity,” Williams said. “I made that dream into a goal, and I made that goal into a commitment. A dream without a plan will always stay a dream.… I challenge each of you to grab those dreams because, once you do, the future is yours.”

Although Tre’ is unsure about his exact career path, he feels his chosen fields of study “will open up a broad range of possibilities.”

In addition to the College’s early college programs, Rowan-Cabarrus also offers high school students tuition free courses for college credit through the Career & College Promise program. The tuition-free program allows students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program.

RCCC_Commencement 160“We are so proud of Tre’. What he’s accomplished at such a young age is quite admirable,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “We have many tuition-free offerings at Rowan-Cabarrus for high school students, and I hope Tre’s success will inspire others to take advantage of the innovative courses and programs that are available through Rowan-Cabarrus.”

Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, criminal justice, machining, web technologies, welding and more. In addition the College offers college transfer and general education classes as part of the Career & College Promise program. These courses are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

“This tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors gives them the opportunity to get a ‘jump start’ on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school,” said Townley.

RCCC_Commencement 203For additional information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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