Courtney Liles

Courtney Liles, of Waxhaw, was awarded a scholarship valued at $10,000 by WoodmenLife, according to the organization.

Liles, who is a WoodmenLife member, received the WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship after submitting an application highlighting her high school grades, activities and volunteerism and an essay on patriotism.

Liles, who was also recognized as a candidate for the organizations Student of the Year award, raised $47,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of her community service involvement. Her activities included serving as her student body president, being a representative for the Union County NAACP, and a captain of the Parkwood High School women’s varsity basketball and golf teams.

Liles plans to attend UNC Charlotte in the fall and plans to major in history with a minor in secondary education. The Liles family are members of WoodmenLife NC chapter 310 in Waxhaw.

“Courtney shows great leadership at a young age,” said WoodmenLife President & CEO, Patrick L. Dees in a statement. “We hope that this scholarship allows her to receive the education needed to excel in the future.”

Since starting the scholarship program in 2017, WoodmenLife said it has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to nearly 4,000 students who are furthering their education at trade schools, colleges or universities across the country. This year, it says the program will award 497 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000. Membership in WodmenLife is attained when an individual purchases WoodmenLife insurance or a retirement product.