Mary W. Payne Nancy L. Rockhoff Melvyn Bakalish Theresa Rudzevicius Baxbaxa A. Besich Eric K. Nayes Gary R. Bryan Philip D. Stinson Jerry M. Barr Marianne Mallison
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29 Students Win
Four high school seniors from Gastonia and the western
Piedmont area of North Carolina are winners in the com
pany’s Scholarship Awards Program for 1960. One from
Gastonia is among 29 across the nation to win a full tuition,
four-year scholarship to the accredited college or university
of their choice. Each of the remaining three honored in the
western Piedmont N. C. area earned a Certificate of Merit
and a $50 U. S. Savings Bond.
Betty Ann McAbee, winner of Others of the area awarded a
the full scholarship, is the 18- Certificate of Merit and a U.S.
year-old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard B. McAbee of 901
Home Trail, Gastonia. Her father
is assistant division manager of
the cotton department at Fire
Of Miss McAbee
Betty Ann McAbee, Gastonia’s
1960 winner of a full four-year
college scholarship from Fire
stone, has set her heart on a
career in elementary school edu
cation. The Ashley High School
senior has been accepted for
this year’s freshman class at
Erskine College, Due West, S. C.
An honor student at Ashley,
Miss McAbee is active in stu
dent government. She is home
room president, a member of the
mixed chorus and Pep Club, and
an officer in the Bible Club.
She is the seventh high school
senior from families of the Fire
stone Gastonia plant to win the
top scholarship since the com
pany began its educational-aid
program in 1953.
In addition to the Firestone
education grant, Miss McAbee
has won an Erskine College
scholarship from the Associate
Reformed Presbyterian Synod.
Hers is one of four such scholar
ships awarded to incoming
freshmen this year. They are
renewable up to four years, pro
vided recipient does satisfactory
Savings Bond are:
Betty Jane Francum, 17, a
senior at Ashley High School.
Her mother is a tool room clerk
in the mechanical department.
Mary Ann Moss, 17, also a
senior at Ashley High. Her
father is staff assistant in proc
ess refinement and development
Frances E. Fickling, 18, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott R.
Fickling Jr., 120 31st Avenue
NE, Hickory, a senior at Clare
mont Central High School. Mr.
Fickling is employed in the re
tail stores system of the com
The scholarships, available
only to sons and daughters of
Firestone employees, include
fees, textbooks and a substantial
contribution toward room and
board at school.
Eligibility is based upon
membership in the Associate Re
formed Presbyterian Church,
and upon application for ad
mission to Erskine, and rating
on a College Board examination.
Awards are then made on the
basis of scholarship, character,
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cently to promote farm and
rural safety in the State. The
organization will seek to en
courage accident control in liv
ing conditions for North Caro
linians of rural areas.
Melinda Griffin Richard Fleming Robert A. Cochran Grover C. Gregory Harold C. Felty M. Bridgewater
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Paul G. Creelan
Martha R. Miller Thomas J. Seeman T. C. Matthews Victor J. Ohm Nancy C. Warner
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New Program Feature
The Certificate of Merit
award, presented to a total of
104 applicants, is a new feature
of the Firestone program. It was
adopted by the scholarship com
mittee as a way of recognizing
applicants for their outstanding
academic records in high school.
It will remain a permanent part
of the program.
In announcing the 1960 win
ners, company chairman Harvey
S. Firestone Jr., pointed out that
industry has a substantial inter
est in contributing to the educa
tion of the nation’s youth.
“The Firestone scholarship
program provides financial as
sistance to worthy sons and
daughters of Firestone em
ployees who seek a college edu
cation,” he said. “Since 1953,
when the program was begun,
197 four-year scholarships have
been av/arded. Now 97 scholar
ship students are attending 67
colleges and universities.
MERIT CERTIFICATE winners Mary Ann Moss (left) and
Betty Jane Francum—in Ashley High School library— discuss
their career futures. They are the first Gastonia area scholarship
applicants to receive Certificates of Merit, this year added as a
permanent feature of Firestone's educational-aid program. Both
students plan to enter Woman's College at Greensboro this fall.
Miss Moss will major in mathematics; Miss Francum, psychology.
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