The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mountain Lodge No. 19 (Lincolnton) recently presented two Catawba Valley Community College students with a scholarship through the CVCC Foundation, Inc. Established as a memorial to beloved lodge members John Scott, Jr. and Joe Scott, Jr., the Odd Fellows Scholarship assists deserving CVCC students.
The $600 scholarships were presented this year to Marissa Williams and Melissa Patterson.
An Arizona native, Williams is of Navajo ancestry and is fluent in the Navajo language. She lost both parents to cancer before she graduated from high school, and her paternal grandfather was a Code Talker in World War II. Williams has been active in outreach to her Native American community, traveling with her church to serve other Native American reservations in need and assist with youth basketball camps.
She plays basketball for the CVCC Red Hawks as a point guard. She is studying to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse or sports therapist.
A native of Lenoir and Taylorsville resident, Patterson is a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault and cancer. She was a stay at home mom until a marital separation resulted in her return to work. In her mid-30s, she enrolled at CVCC to study criminal justice so that she can help domestic violence victims. She ultimately wants to work in homicide investigation to speak for those who cannot.
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. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288, firstname.lastname@example.org.