Mattilyn H. Karst, a member of Corinth Holders High School class of 2013 won a $1,000 scholarship from Corinth-Holders High School class of 1962 Alumni Association.
Karst is a member of the first graduating class of the new high school. Alumni members decided last year to raise funds to establish a scholarship fund for a graduating senior at their alma mater. Alumni association members also decided to base the scholarship on the student’s community service.
Karst, who plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, worked with the Johnston Country Department of Social Services and Johnston County Schools to create the “JoCo Connect,” program. After learning how difficult it is for children in foster care to complete their education, Karst decided to find a way to encourage foster care teens and motivate them to continue their education. She is working with community leaders to build a network of support for teens in the foster care program.