Fall 2020 Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America Winners Announced

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Carrot-Top Industries Awards Scholarships to Mary Pangburn and Caele Manley

Carrot-Top Industries, Inc., a trusted industry leader providing institutions and businesses with patriotic and customized solutions, would like to announce the two winners of its Fall 2020 Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America. Mary Pangburn, of Sandusky, Michigan, and Caele Manley, of Hoolehua, Hawaii, were each awarded an $1,000 scholarship to be used to help offset the cost of their Fall 2020 higher education expenses.

Mary Pangburn is currently a sophomore at St. Clair County Community College. “After getting my degree in Allied Health, I plan to enlist in the U.S. Army in the A-Med program and become a doctor serving our country,” said Pangburn. She comes from a military family and community, many of whom were drafted. “They have all inspired in me a sense of pride and value in our country, values and freedoms,” said Pangburn. “Nothing in life is given or guaranteed. A good work ethic will take you far in this life. My family has instilled in me to be humble, honest and to try to be a part of the effort to make a better future for all.”

Caele Manley plans to attend Wheaton College as a junior student-athlete this upcoming semester. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis on interpersonal communication while participating on Wheaton College’s wrestling team. “I want to learn to use my words with greater excellence to encourage, to edify and to educate others,” said Manley. “It is my intention upon graduation to return to Hawaii to give back just a little of what was given to me. I hope to be of service, not only to my immediate community, but also to my state, my country, my world and my God.”

Both Pangburn and Manley appreciate how much the Beacon® Scholarship will help them with their education. Pangburn said, “Thank you to Carrot-Top Industries for being the patriotic and giving company that you are and for selecting me for this opportunity. The scholarship is very appreciated to help me with expenses as I pursue my Allied Health degree before enlisting in the U.S. Army A-Med Program.” Manley shares Pangburn’s sentiment: “Thanks so much for investing in my education at Wheaton College. Your financial support is greatly appreciated as it will be helping me to not only fulfill my personal goals but become the person God created me to be.”

The Beacon® Scholarship supports the American dream that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through diligence, perseverance and initiative even if there are limitations due to the cost of education. The Fall 2020 Beacon® Scholarship awarded two students $1,000 each. Graduating high school seniors, current college students and adult learners with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who planned to enroll in an accredited college program applied. Applicants were required to reside in a rural area, meet low-income criteria and provide an essay about how they show patriotism through their community involvement.

“We are excited to help rural, low-income students meet their educational goals so they can make a positive contribution to America’s future. The Beacon® Scholarship celebrates the American dream of individuality, equal opportunity, hard work and determination,” said Liz Morris, Carrot-Top Industries CEO and President.

About Carrot-Top Industries
Carrot-Top Industries, family owned and located in Hillsborough, N.C., is a trusted industry leader providing institutions and businesses with custom and patriotic solutions since 1980. As one of the largest, independent flag dealers in America, Carrot-Top offers additional product solutions for schools, government agencies, institutions and businesses across the United States. Carrot-Top continues to succeed by providing the highest quality products, a dedication to learning about customers’ needs, and unmatched flexibility in their shopping experience.

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