UNION COUNTY — In addition to celebrating the completion of their time in high school, some graduates are also celebrating earning scholarship money to go toward their college education.

Four recipients were selected for the Patricia L. McClendon Huntley Scholarship — Michael Wilson and Lakrista Sanders at Monroe High School, Ashlin Austin at Union Academy and Alton Conover at Forest Hills High School. Each student was given $1,000.

This was the first year the scholarship was offered and it will be an annual scholarship, according to City of Monroe Councilwoman Angelia James.

Wilson and Conover also earned a scholarship from the Winchester Alumni Association as did Kathryn Blair Shillingburg of Piedmont High School.

Wilson was given the William P. Cunningham Scholarship, which honors the first president of the alumni association. He earned the scholarship based on the amount of volunteer work he completed. He volunteered for the Purse/Bag drive, at the Community Shelter of Union County, he was an early voting parking assistant, helped with Polar Express Parents Night Out and the City of Monroe Youth Council.

“One of Michael’s references stated that he was extremely dedicated to his studies, an exceedingly kind and caring person and a true example of what is right with our young people today,” according to the alumni association.

Wilson will attend Otterbein University in the fall and plans to study Marine Biology.

Conover was awarded the Professor J.W. Graham Scholarship. Graham was the principal of the former Winchester High School. Conover’s goal is to become an Auto Mechanic and own his own business one day. He will attend Central Piedmont Community College.

Shillingburg was chosen as the recipient for the Aurelia H. Williams Scholarship, which honors the English and French teacher at the former Winchester High School. Shillingburg volunteered with Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, Monroe Spay and Neuter Clinic, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Soldiers Angels, Common Heart Food Pantry. She is a member of the National Honors Society, National Arts Honor Society, Beta Club, Jungle on the Move and FCCLA.

Shillingburg will attend Montreat College and plans to study Communications.