The Polie Cloninger Endowed Scholarship
Friends and family of the late Polie Q. Cloninger, Jr. established this endowed scholarship to honor his memory following his death in 2003. Mr. Cloninger grew up in the Great Depression. He worked for the U. S. Postal Service, and then joined his wife in building a cloth store that attracts customers from around the world. The scholarship is awarded to a Gaston College GED or Adult High School graduate, with preference to students seeking degrees in nursing or criminal justice. The award is based on a combination of academic achievement and need. Recipients may have their scholarship renewed for a second year provided that at least 16 credit hours have been completed and minimum GPA of 2.5 is earned.