Hickory, NC—Family members of Catawba Valley Community College (Hickory, N.C.) alumnae Emmaline Ellison Shella recently awarded a scholarship in her memory to nursing student Jasmine McCrae. The scholarship covers tuition for McCrae’s nursing associate degree while she maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
McCrae is in her first year of an associate degree in nursing at CVCC and will graduate in 2018. A graduate of South Iredell High School in Statesville, she grew up in Troutman. Since high school when she spent many hours caring for her ailing grandmother, she has dreamed of becoming a nurse. After graduating from CVCC, McCrae plans on pursuing her bachelor’s in nursing.
Mrs. Shella was a graduate of CVCC’s licensed practical nursing program. Her surviving husband, Burell, who lives in Greensboro, is also a CVCC alumnus.
The Shella family established the scholarship in 2009 to honor their wife and mother and her strong belief in education. After graduating from CVCC, she also attended N.C. Central University.
A vibrant advocate of higher education, Mrs. Shella greatly influenced her three children who attribute their success to their mother’s guidance. Her son Christopher Shella earned a master’s in business administration at UNC Chapel Hill and a law degree at the University of Texas Austin. He is a federal attorney and co-founder of the private equity firm Black Wall Street Investments, LLC. Her daughter Kimberly Shella is a doctoral candidate in political science. Her daughter Melissa Shella earned a law degree from University of Virginia. She is a freelance editor and lawyer.
“Establishing a scholarship in memory or honor of an alumni—especially a family member—is a special way to continue the CVCC legacy,” CVCC Alumni Director Mary Reynolds. “We appreciate the Shella family’s continued investment in our community and the students whose lives are transformed by the education we provide.”
McCrae and her two children reside in Statesville.