Congratulations to Hiwassee College junior Victoria Hopson of Greeneville, Tennessee who was awarded a scholarship from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Tennessee on May 12. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC chapters work locally to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. This was the only scholarship awarded, and Victoria Hopson is the first recipient from Greeneville, Tennessee.
An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Victoria plays volleyball for Hiwassee and participates in a student Bible Study group. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Honors Symposium. This year for Spring Break, Victoria joined others from Hiwassee in mission work in East Tennessee through Operation Back Yard. She also participated in a recent service day on campus and is a volunteer for the annual Relay for Life event held at Hiwassee each spring.
In addition to her life as a student, she is an active member of her church in Greeneville, Tennessee and FRIENDS (Friends, Reaching, Inspiring, Educating, Neighbors about Down Syndrome), a support group in the Tri-Cities area for children with Down syndrome and their family members and friends, including Victoria, whose cousin has a young daughter with Down syndrome. This program provides support, education, and social opportunities to members and reaches out to new and expectant parents with babies who have Down syndrome.
As a second-semester freshman at Hiwassee and an only child, Victoria received news of the sudden death of her father from a heart attack. It fell to Victoria to make arrangements and handle affairs, her mother having passed away many years before. The college worked with her, placing her in online courses and keeping in touch with her. She made the President’s List that semester and the Dean’s List all other semesters. This May, Victoria received an Associate of Science degree, with honors, and plans to continue her studies, majoring in occupational therapy.
In addition to the scholarship from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, she receives financial aid through Tennessee’s Aspire and Hope scholarship programs. The GFWC awards the scholarship based on high scholarship, exemplary character, campus leadership and service, and the promise of continuing contributions to the community through volunteering. Through her many acts of service in all areas of her life, Victoria demonstrates her commitment to improving the lives of others while making the world a better place for all.