Scholarship Fund

TCATA awards college scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing a degree at any accredited U.S. college or university on a full-time basis.

Click here for complete information about the scholarship program.

Click here for the Scholarship Application in PDF form.

Click here for the Scholarship Poster in PDF form.

Peyton Lane 2024 Tcata Scholarship recipient

Our 2024 TCATA Scholarship recipient Peyton Lane is the daughter of Karen Lane, who works for UNX-Christeyns in Greenville, NC. She will attend Pfeiffer University and major in Exercise Science with the ultimate goal of applying to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program upon graduation. Peyton has been accepted into the Honors College Program at Pfeiffer and will be a member of the Falcons softball team.

Peyton is ranked 5th in her graduating class and is a member of the Beta Club and National Honors Society. She is a pitcher for her high school softball team and has won numerous athletic awards, including Riverside High School Female Athlete of the Year. She is ranked in the top 5 of strikeout leaders in the State of North Carolina this season. Peyton is also active in her community. She has volunteered with various groups such as Roanoke Christian Camp, Special Olympics, 2nd and 7th Foundation Reading Program, and local baseball and softball recreation programs.

In a letter from her high school Principal, Mr. Grantley Mizelle describes Peyton as follows: “What sets Peyton apart is her outstanding character. She exemplifies integrity, empathy, and resilience in all her endeavors. She consistently demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility and compassion towards others, making herself a respected and admired member of our school community.”

Please join us in congratulating Peyton on her achievements.

Edward Wingrove 2023 TCATA Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Edward Wingrove of Panama City, FL, who has been selected as the 2023 TCATA College Scholarship Fund reciptient. He is the son of Mark Wingrove who works at Jensen USA also in Panama City, FL. Edward was chosen from an outstanding group of applicants. His high school principal describes him as demonstrating great character and diligence in all he does.

After a devastating hurricane hit the area, Edward worked with the Cajun Army to provide meals and supplies to those impacted. Edward is a member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, BETA Club, Writing Club, and Key Club all while participating in the school soccer team, marching band, and lacrosse. After his graduation from North Bay Haven Career Academy, Edward plans to attend Florida State University in the fall. While at FSU, he plans to specialize in automation and robotics.

Brooke story 2022 TCATA Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Brooke Story of Germantown, TN, who has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 TCATA College Scholarship Fund. She is the daughter of Doug Story, who works for UNX Industries of Greenville, NC.

Brooke was chosen from an outstanding group of applicants. Brooke is a National Merit Commended Scholar who scored a thirty-three on the ACT. Brooke has received many honors including invitations to the Medicine and National Security Youth Leadership Forum, selection for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders of Excellence Award, and the Germantown Education Commission Youth Excellence Award.

Brooke runs cross country and has participated as a vocalist, singing in the nationally recognized acapella group, One Voice in addition to volunteering for many community programs. Brooke graduates this year from Briarcrest Christian School. Upon graduation, Brooke will attend United States Military Academy- West Point and serve in the United States Army where she hopes to major in Kinesiology. Upon graduation from West Point, Brooke will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

“I continue to be very impressed with the quality of the applicants that apply for the scholarship,” stated Leslie Schaeffer, TCATA CEO. “The Association is most pleased to provide assistance for outstanding students like Brooke, and we all wish her the very best success in college and beyond,” she went on to say.

Morgen story selected to receive the 2021 TCATA Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that Morgen Story is the 2021 recipient of the TCATA Educational Scholarship Fund. Her father, Douglas Story, works for UNX in Greenville, North Carolina. Morgen is a freshman attending High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. She will graduate in May of 2024.

In addition to the academics at High Point, Morgen has found countless ways to be involved on campus. She is the Assistant Music Director of the co-ed a cappella group, The Offbeats. She is also a first violinist in the High Point Community Orchestra, which combines students from the University as well as residents of the surrounding area.

Morgen is a member of the Natural Science Fellows, Pre-Medicine Society, Biology Club, and Cause for Paws. Morgen is currently majoring in Neuroscience and added a Psychology minor. She plans to go to medical school upon graduation.

Please join us in congratulating Morgen on this honor.

TCATA Scholarship Recipients - Where Are They Now?

TCATA periodically features past recipients of the scholarship program - kind of a "where are they now"? Below is a feature on past recipient Ryan Dawson.

Lea Trusty was a recipient of the TCATA College Scholarship Fund in 2012, and she went on to graduate from Princeton University in New Jersey with a major in Politics and a minor in Latin American Studies.  She currently works at an NPR affiliate station in Connecticut as a fellow with the Newman’s Own Foundation. The Newman’s Own Foundation donates and works with a number of nonprofit organizations. At the station, Lea has a number of duties, including local and regional reporting and assisting with their social media. Lea plans to continue working in the nonprofit sector to promote political activism in marginalized communities. She's a New Orleans native and is still looking for a decent shrimp po-boy in the Mid-Atlantic.


Ryan Dawson, son of David Dawson – who was with R. R. Street & Company at the time -  received the TCATA scholarship in 2003, and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied engineering and spent his summers at several engineering internships, including a nine-month stint designing breweries as a brewing operations and technology engineer at Anheuser-Busch. He graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering and a minor in business administration, and joined Bain & Company in Chicago as a management consultant.

During his time at Bain & Company, Ryan worked for numerous clients in varied industries including consumer products, telecom, asset management, real estate, private equity, and more. While with Bain, he also spent six months in India, establishing the Mumbai office.

After three years at Bain, Ryan moved to private equity, joining The Gores Group in Los Angeles, first as an associate and soon after, as a senior associate. While with Gores, he performed due diligence for acquisitions and provided operating and performance improvement support for portfolio companies.

In 2014, Ryan matriculated at The Wharton School in the University of Pennsylvania to pursue an MBA. After two years at Wharton and a summer with a hedge fund in New York, Ryan graduated with Palmer Scholar distinction, and in 2016, returned to work at Bain & Company. 


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