Architectural Technology Students Awarded Mark North Scholarships

Architectural Technology Students Awarded ScholarshipMeia Ward and Laura Fuller, students enrolled in Catawba Valley Community College’s Architectural Technology program, were recently awarded the Mark North Memorial Scholarship through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

Ward was inspired to attend college by her mother who went back to college as an adult. She was inspired to pursue a degree in architectural technology by her father, who worked in the construction industry.

A Burke County native, Ward is a member of CVCC’s Architectural Technology Club and has been named to the High Honors List. She and her two children live in Hickory and are members of Christ Church in Mountain View.

An Indiana native, Fuller is a published poet and was the vice president of her high school poetry club. She is the secretary of the Architectural Technology Club and works in the garden center at Home Depot. She hopes to combine her passion for the outdoors with her career. She is active with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), and this summer will help the organization design a new YWAM Center in Tokyo. Fuller is a resident of Statesville.

The Mark North Memorial Scholarship was established by his family, friends, and professional colleagues through the CVCC Foundation after North’s untimely death in 2007. North graduated from CVCC’s Architectural Technology program in 1981. After partnering in Drafting Associates, a successful residential design business, North went on to become a successful general contractor and formed North Design and Construction.

Former business partner and director of CVCC’s Architectural Technology program Lynn Preslar says, “Mark was a natural when it came to residential design and he had an infectious personality. His memory will live on through his talent and the lives he touched.”

For more information about the Mark North Memorial Scholarship or other scholarships available through the CVCC Foundation, visit or contact Teresa Biggs, executive director, 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

Pictured are (front, from left) scholarship recipients Laura Fuller of Statesville; and Meia Ward of Hickory; Debbie North, widow of Mark North; (back) CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw; Architectural Technology Program Director Lynn Preslar; and Austin North, son of Mark North.

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