SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Six student-athletes of the Converse College graduating class of 2021 received critical acclaim at the 128th Opening Convocation on Friday, September 22 for scholarships earned. Each of the scholarship recipients were recognized in front of fellow students, peers, faculty, and administration, congratulating their hard work and dedication in putting the "student" first in student-athlete.
The Jane Love Bratton Endowed Scholarship was presented to Abigail Jolley of the Converse Track and Field team. Established in June 200 by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh L. McColl, Jr. (Jane Spratt '60) in honor of her mother, Jane Love Bratton Class of 1934, to provide scholarships for students who have demonstrated financial need and exhibit the ability to succeed at Converse College.
Lizzie Gilbert of the Converse Equestrian team and Moriah Gomez of the Valkyries Softball team were awarded the Weisiger Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. The two Weisiger Outstanding Scholar Athletes are selected from the incoming freshman class and recognized at Founder's Day. Recipients of this scholarship have a proven record of academic success, aspire to major and pursue careers in the sciences and are dedicated to playing an NCAA Division II sport during their college career. The award was made possible in 2009 by Mrs. Agnes Binder Weisiger '63 and her husband Ed Weisiger.
Blakeley Bristol of the Converse Soccer team was awarded the Malloy Family Endowment Fund which was established in 2006 by gifts from the Edwin Malloy, Jr. Charitable Lead Trust to provide scholarships for incoming freshman.
The Mary Helen Dalton Scholarship went to Alexis Forbes of the inaugural Acrobatics and Tumbling team. The scholarship was made known in 1993 by Mary Helen Garrison Dalton. Class of 1946, to provide scholarships for students who exhibit exemplary character, good academic achievement and are considered leaders as indicated by their high school activities and references. Preferences for the scholarship go to the students from the Lovett and Westminster schools in Atlanta, Ga. And Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, N.C.
Sydney Allen, Converse Volleyball, was awarded the Simpson Scholarship after a very successful high school career. The Simpson Scholarship was established in 1985 by an anonymous donor to provide scholarships for students whose performance in academics, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement merit the recognition of this prestigious award.