The Petty Scholars for Gaston County Schools

Mr. Larry K. Petty of Gastonia, president, Petty Machine Company, is a 1954 graduate in mechanical engineering of NC State University. Mr. Petty has been a committed regional community leader in both business and civic endeavors. He is a strong believer that it takes a well-rounded education to create an informed and productive citizen and it is to this end that the Petty Scholars Scholarship hopes to encourage for students graduating from Gaston County Schools. The purpose of this annual scholarship award shall be to provide financial assistance for recent graduates of Gaston County public schools who have the desire to further their education beyond high school, but not necessarily the means. The Petty Scholars scholarship is designed to provide capable and motivated students the opportunity to gain a strong educational foundation at the community college level to prepare them for successful completion of a four-year degree program.

The scholarship is available to High school seniors graduating with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from Gaston county schools, with first preference given to Hunter Huss High School graduates, choosing to further their education at Gaston College in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation, or, if no one meets this criteria, Gaston College students residing in Gaston County who have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.75 during at least 12 hours of study at Gaston College. Students must be pursuing an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree and have the intention upon graduation from Gaston College to transfer to an accredited four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. Financial need is not a requirement for this scholarship but should be given priority. The donor requests that recipients fund at least 10% of their own educational expenses, which can include tuition, books or fees. Applicants must satisfy all Gaston College admissions requirements including any required placement tests for their program of study.

Application Provided By School Counselor, not submitted through Blackbaud Award Management/AcademicWorks

Larry K. Petty