2019 NERA/USAA Scholarship Awardees



$3,000 Recipients of the NERA/USAA Scholarship

Madeline Morris

Instilled with long lasting pride and aspirations coming from her Senior Chief grandfather, Miss Morris' dedication is inspiring. She has embarked on an education that will prepare her for a career in public health, developing wellness programs for aging adults.  Madeline is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Miss Morris has played competitive soccer since the age of five and presently plays for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh soccer team, serving as the team captain.  Miss Morris was a NERA Scholarship recipient in 2016 and 2018.


Ariana Ellsey

Miss Ellsey, a high achiever all around. is an impressive scholar and athlete.  She maintains a GPA of 3.7 and achieved the rank of Cadet Captain in her high school JROTC program, was promoted to CPO on her United States Sea Cadet Corps and achieved her 2nd Degree Black-belt in TaeKwonDo.  Miss Ellsey was also high school president of of her senior class.  She was an Ambassador Girl Scout and a Head Altar Server at her church.

Miss Ellsey plans to be a teacher, she is currently studying elementary education and American studies at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. Miss Ellsey was a previous NERA Scholarship recipient in 2018.


$2,500 Recipients of the NERA/USAA Scholarship

Mandy Abernathy

Miss Abernathy received high praise from her faculty members and teachers.  She has a 3.8 GPA and has been selected for an undergraduate research program hosted by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute this summer.  She will be working on the role of blood flow regulation and oxygen transport in glaucoma.  Miss Abernathy is a student at Wisconsin Lutheran College


Evan Chase

Mr Chase is headed for a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a GPA of 3.56.  He is working toward a career in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.  He has been preparing for his future by serving as a volunteer instructor at the Invention Studio at Georgia Tech.  Mr. Chase loves repairing, modifying and modernizing old cars and racing them.  He also participates in intramural sports, including running and racquetball, as well as, participating in the state championship team cross country and track competitions.


Chloe Fountain

Miss Fountain has a passion for math and science.  She has an impressive 4.57 weighted average GPA.  She will be pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering.  She is immersed in the ever changing field of chemical engineering and feels that there will be something there to keep her intrigued for the rest of her life.  She has performed as the swim coach for the special Olympic team for Catawba County for the last two years working with the Catfish swim team.  While participating in the Army JROTC, Miss Fountain cites her father's service in the Navy Reserve as her inspiration as he served his 21 years through Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the aftermath of 9/11.

Kyle Sheedy


Mr. Sheedy plans to become a Civil Engineer with a minor in International Relations and has a weighted GPA of 4.06.  He writes about becoming an intelligence officer or a helicopter pilot.  Mr. Sheedy is enrolling in the University of Maryland or the University of Connecticut.

Congratulations to these scholarship recipients.  You are an inspiration to all and NERA wishes you continued success.  NERA is honored to be part of your educational journey.