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Dale Morrissey, Senior Director of Constituent Engagement for Reinhardt, talks to senior Madison Gianfala. Committee member Becky Dabs also is pictured. Photo by Jordan Beach

By Jordan Beach

The Cherokee Scholars for Reinhardt committee was enthusiastic while celebrating efforts from last year and preparing for events ahead, with several members adorning pearls to commemorate 30 years of serving Cherokee County students.

Over lunch on Thursday, Aug. 9 in the Fincher Visual Arts Center, committee members who have supported this scholarship program for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt celebrated last year’s record of more than $108,000 raised and laid plans for the 31st year of this program.

“Cherokee Scholars is so much more than a scholarship program, it’s an investment in the future of Reinhardt’s students. You can see the results of this investment in the accomplishments of these students,” said Director of Development and External Relations Dale Morrissey.

Senior Madison Gianfala shared her gratitude as a Cherokee Scholars scholarship recipient, and incoming freshman Nick DiPuma performed two songs for the luncheon.

Reinhardt President Kina Mallard also recognized Cherokee County students who have benefited from the program, personally expressing the appreciation of those recipients.

“When I interviewed MaKayla Newell for the Reinhardt Women’s Leadership Program, she did not fit in my box of a typical leader, and although she is quiet, she makes an impact on those around her,” said Mallard. “Her classmates nominated her for the ‘No Greater Love Award,’ one typically awarded to a senior, and she exhibits all the fruits of the spirit that encompass that honor.”

The Cherokee Scholars program is kicked-off each year with this luncheon, which is followed in September by a 5K run/walk event. This year’s 4thAnnual Born to Run 5K Run/Walk takes place Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. in downtown Canton’s Cannon Park. Registration for the race begins at 7 a.m. Pre-registered runners may pick up race supplies Friday, Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cherokee. Register at or

Cherokee Scholars is an annual community initiative that generates grants for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. Since its inception in 1988, more than $4.9 million has been raised for student scholarships.