Taylor Cochran, daughter of Robert and Kellie Cochran of Dobson, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. –
DOBSON — Taylor Cochran, daughter of Robert and Kellie Cochran of Dobson, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
She received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue employees and independent contract farmers. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
Taylor will attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in engineering. Ranked fifth in her class, she graduated from Surry Central High School with a weighted grade point average of 4.43.
Taylor won awards at the county and state levels in art competitions, including two Best in Show awards at the Superintendent Art Show and Virginia Homestead Art Contest, first place in photography at the Superintendent Art Contest and state finalist in the North Carolina Scholastic Art Competition.
She was president of the National Art Honor Society, vice president of the National Honor Society, and a member of several honor societies, including science, English and Spanish.
Active in basketball, soccer and golf, she was captain of her school’s basketball team for two years, receiving the Most Valuable Player Award. She also received the Edward Jones Player of the Month Award for her achievements on the basketball team. She was selected to the Western Piedmont All Conference team for soccer and basketball, and the Women’s Golf Conference Tournament Champion.
Taylor chose a career path in engineering, hoping to help shape the landscape. “I want to create and design groundbreaking and environmentally friendly structures that will enhance my community long after I’m gone,” she said.
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