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For Immediate Release


Odd Fellows Mountain Lodge 19 Scholarship

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mountain Lodge No. 19 (Lincolnton) recently established a scholarship through the CVCC Foundation, Inc. Established in memorial to beloved lodge member Junior Scott, the scholarship assists students who exhibit financial need.  

Mountain Lodge No. 19 was reactivated by Scott after it was dormant for many years. Grande Warden for North Carolina Joe Scott and Noble Grand Warden of Mountain Lodge No. 19 Robert Shepard presented the scholarship on behalf of the lodge.

The first $500 scholarship was awarded to Greg York of Hildebran, a student in the Funeral Service Program at Catawba Valley Community College.

York is a displaced worker in his first year of study at CVCC. He is doing an internship with Drum/Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Hickory. He hopes to pursue the growing field of “green funerals.”  

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1819. The command of the Odd Fellows is to “visit the sick, relieve the distress, bury the dead and educate the orphans.”  Today, there are 10,000 lodges in approximately 26 countries.  The U.S. headquarters is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. Following are photos of groups of students chosen for this year’s scholarships. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

Presenting the scholarship are (from left) Independent Order of Odd Fellows Grande Warden for North Carolina Joe Scott, York, Noble Grand Warden of Mountain Lodge No. 19 Robert Shepard, CVCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Biggs, and CVCC Foundation assistant Mary Beth Sjaardema.


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator