The Winner of the Vicky Slusser Scholarship

The award is in the amount of five hundred dollars.

Published Tuesday, August 4, 2015 4:00 pm

Ana Carla Betancourt has been selected as the winner of the Vicky Slusser Scholarship sponsored by Communities in Schools (CIS) of Rowan County. The award is in the amount of five hundred dollars.

The scholarship was created this year and is named in honor of Mrs. Vicky Slusser who retired in June after seventeen years’ service to Communities in Schools of Rowan County. The scholarship recognizes a Rowan-Salisbury Schools graduating senior who has been helped by CIS to succeed in school and graduate.

Betancourt is a 2015 Honor Graduate of East Rowan High School. She has been accepted to attend Appalachian State University in the fall, where she plans to major in Forensic Anthropology.

Betancourt was served by CIS when she attended Granite Quarry Elementary School.

At East Rowan High School, Betancourt was a member of Volleyball, Swimming, and Track teams; she participated in Junior Civitans, Spanish Club, Weightlifting, and the Broadway Review. Betancourt attends Maranatha Bible Church where she assists with Vacation Bible School and the church nursery.

“I am grateful for CIS,” states Betancourt. “I am grateful for all its support. I am grateful that because of CIS, I will be fulfilling a dream, not only for me but for my family. I am graduating East Rowan High School…attending Appalachian State University…and will be the first in my family to gain a college education.”

Betancourt is the daughter of Ana Luisa Alvarez and Carlos Betancourt of Salisbury.

Communities in Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities in Schools of Rowan County currently serves nearly four thousand students in Koontz, Hanford Dole, Isenberg, North Rowan, and Overton Elementary Schools and Knox and North Rowan Middle Schools.

CIS of Rowan County is a proud member agency of United Way of Rowan County.