Morgan Anderson is using his scholarship at A-B Tech to assist him in earning a degree in Human Services Technology with a certificate in substance abuse. He is poised to graduate in May after first coming in A-B Tech in January 2014.
“I was thinking I’ve got to get more education to get a good job. I’m 56, haven’t been to school over 30 years,” Anderson said. He enrolled at A-B Tech and took a few classes, making good grades, but left and went to Florida. When he returned to Asheville, he re-enrolled at the college and was awarded the Lacy T. Haith & James V. Miller Endowed Scholarship.
This endowment was established in memory of two African American pioneers, educator Lacy T. Haith and master mason James V. Miller. It is awarded to deserving African American students enrolled in any curriculum program.
Mr. Haith came to Asheville to teach in 1937. He taught carpentry and other vocational skills at Stephens-Lee High School, as well as teaching his students the value of a good education.
Mr. Miller is noted for constructing many of Asheville›s graceful churches, public buildings, and homes including the Asheville Police Department building. Both men were very influential figures in the African American community.
Before he came to A-B Tech, Anderson had held many various jobs, including car salesman and serving in the US Air Force. “Education has always been important to me. I passed it on to my kids. I have so much experience and education, but no degree. Now that I started back I can’t get enough.”
The scholarship gives Anderson piece of mind so he can focus on his schoolwork instead of worrying about how his bills are going to be paid. “To be recognized by the school for a scholarship is humbling for me. It’s like, yes, you are supposed to be doing this. I can’t let the school down. It’s extra motivation for me,” he said.
The scholarship application period at A-B Tech is open until March 31. Dozens of different scholarships are available, including for specific programs, for residents of certain areas, and for women and minorities.
Scholarships for Women
- Bière de Femme Scholarship
- GEM Fund, American Association of University Women, Asheville Branch
- James A. Helmer Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Joyce and Bill Sederburg Scholarship
- Never Too Old for School Scholarship
- Roberta Manley Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Womansong New Start Scholarship
Scholarships for Minorities
- 100 Men and Women Minority Scholarship
- Asheville Latin Americans for Advancement Society Merit Scholarship
- Hazel Fox Minority Student Entrepreneurship Scholarship
- Lacy R. Haith and James V. Miller Endowed Scholarship
- Osborn M. Hart Endowed Scholarship
- Sam Barnes Minority Scholarship
- Shapiro-Green Endowed Scholarship
- William and Dorothy Glenn Tugman Scholarship
Learn more at abtech.edu/scholarships.