Jack Carr - 2020

2020 Jack 2

Jack Carr is attending Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Angel Castillo - 2020

2020 Angel

Angel Castillo is attending Blue Ridge Community College.

Sidney Brown - 2019

2019 Sidney 1

Sidney Brown is in his sophomore year at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  He enjoys being a member of the BCU Band.  The Marching Wildcats is made up of 325 members.  This fall he has been taking classes online and hopes to return to class in-person in 2021.

Nick Hart - 2018

2018 Nick

Nick Hart is currently attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, majoring in MIS-Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship.

Emily Johnson - 2017

2017 Emily

Emily Johnson is in her final semester of her senior year at NC State University majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  She will be graduating in December 2020.

Tameron Hill - 2016

2016 Tameron Close

​Tameron Hill graduated in May 2020 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science.  She recently finished taking her last prerequisite needed for PT school and plans to complete her remaining observation hours and apply for graduate school next fall.

Hunter Warwick- 2015


“One of the proudest moments of my life was when I heard my name called to be the 2015 recipient of the Connie and Ricky Sparks Memorial Scholarship. This award not only gives me a boost in confidence in myself as I move forward into college, but is also a huge financial help help as I further my education. It is inspiring to me that out of such tragedy can come a blessing to many people before me, and many people after. I am honored to be a member of the Sparks scholarship family, and hope that one day I'll have the opportunity to pay it forward and make the same type of difference in someone else's life”

Hunter is a graduate of Western Carolina University where she studied hospitality and tourism.  She was close to completing her flight attendant training when the pandemic struck.  She hopes to complete the remainder of the process soon.

​Cavon Scott- 2014


"The Sparks scholarship has helped me tremendously! In more ways than one can possibly think of. Not only am I the second recipient in my family, but I am also a proud graduate striving likewise to further my education. Financially this scholarship has worked wonders in paying off a third of my tuition. It is an honor,  more than a privilege, and that of a blessing to be the 2014 Sparks scholarship recipient. Truly a life changing event, as well as a moment in history I will cherish forever and always."

Cavon has transitioned in course studies and is currently enrolled at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with a focus on education and coaching.

Keren Fernandez - 2013

2013 Keren

Keren Fernandez is a graduate of Western Carolina University where she was in the RIBN joint program with BRCC and WCU.  She is currently working in healthcare services.

​Shayna Scott- 2012


"The scholarship has truly been a blessing in my life. It has helped provide money for my collegiate education that my parents did not have and I would not have received from elsewhere.  Most important it has provided a life long relationship with the Sparks family. Their support and words of encouragement are always available and much appreciated."

​Brayan Aguirre- 2011


“It has been a long road of ups and downs to be where I am today. I thank God I have been blessed with people that have been put in my path to help me with studies and other needs. Thank you for all your support.” 

Brayan Aguirre graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with an Associate’s degree.  He has worked his way up to be a personal banker at First Citizens Bank.  He coached Highland Football Club (HFC) U16 and U18 boys since 2018.  He was an assistant football coach for HHS in the fall of 2019.

Kat Chisholm - 2010

2010 Kat

Kat (Kilpatrick) Chisholm is a 2014 graduate from Wofford College with a BA in French and a minor in Finance.  She is now in her fourth year of teaching Special Education at HHS where she also assists with general education.  She and her husband, Sam, now have a toddler son.


Christi (DeRidder) Jones - 2009


2009 Christi (DeRidder) Jones is a 2013 graduate of Gardner Webb University with a BS in Nursing.  She has been an R.N. at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville.

Jon Wilkins - 2008

2008 Jon

Jon Wilkins is a 2012 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Horticulture Science.  He and his wife, Lucy, now have a toddler son.  He currently resides in WNC where he operates his own landscape management company, POA Mountain, LLC.