Chase Fisher, a recent graduate of Ledford Senior High School in Thomasville, has been selected to receive the J. Howard Coble Scholarship.

Fisher is the first student to receive the scholarship since it was established last year.

The family of Howard Coble officially presented the scholarship to Fisher, Friday, June 16 at the office of the High Point Community Foundation, 501 North Main Street, Suite 2A.

With the scholarship, Fisher will be able to start classes at North Carolina State University this fall. He plans to major in engineering. His goals are to become a civil engineer and eventually start his own practice.

Fisher excelled in math and science at Ledford, completing courses in advanced physics and calculus. He also honed a very analytical perspective.

“I have a math oriented mind,” says Fisher. “I’m fascinated by the idea of huge structures and all the small details that go into them. It’s really interesting to prepare for all those possibilities to make something stable for hundreds of years.”

Fisher has been a member of the mathematics honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, as well as Beta Club and National Honor Society. He was also a member of the Ledford football and track teams.

The scholarship application and review process stresses community involvement. Fisher has been an active volunteer through his school, community and church. He has served as a volunteer for Special Olympics, the Hasty Fire Department and at Mills Home Baptist Church.

“It’s an honor to be selected, especially being the first one,” says Fisher. “I want to thank all of the Coble family for making this possible. It’s really going to help me and it will make a huge difference in the long run.”

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

For more information on the J. Howard Coble Scholarship Fund at the High Point Community Foundation, please contact Jaymi LaGuardia at (336) 884-7824

Chase Fisher was presented a large Howard Coble sharp pencil along with a necktie worn by the congressman as mementos of the award.

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.

About the High Point Community Foundation
The High Point Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening a diverse, healthy and productive community for both present and future generations. It promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in responding to community needs.

Founded in 1990 with a dedication to serving donor interests, the Foundation focuses on strengthening the community by providing services and nurturing leadership among donors and nonprofit organizations. Since 1998 the Foundation has granted over $43,500,000 to non-profit organizations, schools and municipalities in the Greater High Point area, the United States and the world.

All photos: Yasmin Leonard.

L-R: Sherri Scott, Dr. Ray Coble and his wife Chris Coble, Sabrina Fisher, Chase’s mother, Chase Fisher, Cindy Farmer, scholarship committee and Diane Whitman, scholarship committee.