Luke Hinshaw, a recent graduate of Southeast Guilford High School, was selected to receive the 2018 J. Howard Coble Scholarship!

Ray Coble along with last year’s recipient, Chase Fisher presented the scholarship to Hinshaw on June 29, 2018. [Photo above: (l-r) Luke Hinshaw, Ray Coble and Chase Fisher.]

Hinshaw starts classes at North Carolina State University in the fall of 2018. He will major in Engineering with plans of establishing a career in the Industrial Engineering sector. While attending NC State, his goal is to join a co-op program to gain workplace experience in the Engineering field.

“This is definitely going to help me pursue my education in college,” 18-year-old Hinshaw said after accepting the $2,500 scholarship along with an oversized pencil with eraser, an icon representing the late congressman’s goal of curbing wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars.

“It’s very humbling to be recognized as being similar to Howard Coble,” said Hinshaw.

The J. Howard Coble application and review process stresses community involvement and leadership. Hinshaw embodies those attributes. He is dedicated to his community by serving with the Mission Team and the youth group at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, volunteering at the Howard Coble Center with Special Needs children and earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Hinshaw participated in Scouting since the first grade.

“We’d like to see you graduate and come back to be a leader in your community,”
-Ray Coble

Ray Coble and other members of the scholarship committee noted it was difficult to narrow their choice down from nearly 50 applications received this year that included students from the 14 counties that J. Howard Coble served during three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The committee appreciated Hinshaw’s academics, community service and extracurricular record,” said Ray Coble.

“You are stepping into big shoes,” said Paul Lessard, president of High Point Community Foundation. “What Howard’s done for this community will never be forgotten, and I think it’s so cool that in today’s world we’re still creating young men like this, who want to give back.”

The High Point Community Foundation manages the scholarship fund and administers the application and award process.

“I’ve been fortunate to have worked closely with Luke in my AP calculus courses. Luke represents everything that is good in students all rolled up in one intellectual, industrious, caring and humorous young man.Because of his outstanding demeanor within the classroom, his peers look to him as a leader.”
—Hinshaw’s Southeast Guilford mathematics teacher

About the J. Howard Coble Scholarship

Dr. Ray Coble, a local veterinarian, and his wife Chris Coble, established the J. Howard Coble Scholarship Fund, through the High Point Community Foundation, to honor and perpetuate the memory and good work of his uncle, Howard Coble.

Congressman Coble served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, establishing a legacy as a conservative Republican leader. Hands-on care for his constituents was a hallmark of Coble’s service to North Carolina and the nation for decades.