Kendall Bines

Kendall Bines

Mars Hill University Student Earns Blue Cross Scholarship

Kendall Bines
Kendall Bines

Mars Hill University student Kendall Bines received a Blue Cross NC Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.

Bines, a senior from Lincolnton, North Carolina, is one of 25 students at independent colleges and universities across the state to receive the award.

Bines is majoring in graphic design with a minor in creative writing. He’s a first-generation college student, works with Student Support Services, and serves as a mentor for first-year students. During his Mars Hill career he has been involved in such campus clubs and organizations as the Black Student Association, Latinx Student Association, Marksmanship Society, and Student Government Association.

The Blue Cross NC Scholarships, in the amount of $3,333.34 each, were distributed by the Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC) and are part of a three-year, $250,000 pledge from Blue Cross NC.

“Blue Cross NC recognizes that our state’s economic, social and cultural health outcomes are tied to our students’ education,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, vice president of marketing and community engagement at Blue Cross NC. “We are proud to partner with ICFNC and strengthen our workforce by supporting North Carolina’s brightest students.”

“We are so grateful to Blue Cross NC for their generous commitment to North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities—providing much-needed financial resources for so many deserving students,” said Colleen Kinser, director of the ICFNC.

Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, elementary education, teaching, and management. For more information, visit


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