CVCC Automotive Students Receive Scholarships |


HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College automotive students Samuel Crisp, Dalton Childress, Brandon Deal and Nicholas May received Jimmie Patrum Memorial Scholarships through the CVCC Foundation Inc. Crisp, Childress, Deal and May will use funds for tuition and fees for the spring semester.

The Jimmie Patrum Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of Patrum, a Wilkes County native and Statesville resident who was a master mechanic. Patrum was a long-time member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America and an avid vintage car enthusiast. He passed away suddenly in 2018.

After an application and interview process, both Crisp and Childress were chosen as recipients of the inaugural Patrum Fellowship.

“I would just like to express how pleased we are that these four young men are the first recipients of the Jimmie Patrum Memorial Scholarship in our region,” said Alan Banner, President of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. “Our scholarship committee was extremely impressed with Dalton, Samuel, Brandon and Nicholas and was unanimous in our selection. I am sure they will be successful in whatever they choose and that Jimmie would have been immensely proud of them. I would also like to thank Catawba Valley Community College for their help in making this process easy for us.

The club had originally planned to award two full scholarships in memory of Patrum, which went to Crisp and Childress. However, after the interviews, the committee were so impressed with the four candidates that the club donated additional funds, to which CVCC’s School of Workforce Development and the Arts added dollars from their student incentive funds, to award partial scholarships to Deal and May.


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