Jonathan Bethel is from High Point, N.C., and graduated from Westchester Country Day School. He was awarded a North Carolina Textile Foundation Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship. He is pursuing Textile Technology.
“To me, being a Centennial Scholar means I get to represent the NC State Wilson College of Textiles at the highest level possible. I believe that I get to set the precedent of how a Textiles student should act, study, and get involved, within the COT and the university as a whole,” he said. “In addition to that, it is just a huge honor to have been selected as a Centennial Scholar and it is not a title that I take lightly. I feel like I have a responsibility to be an especially productive member of the COT community.”
Jonathan has completed Advanced Placement courses in World History; Biology; Calculus; English Literature and Composition; English Language and Composition; Statistics; and Physics. In addition to his AP courses, Jonathan participated in multiple clubs and organizations throughout high school such as National Honor Society, Art, Spanish and Mock Trial. Jonathan also volunteered at a summer camp for his school and played varsity soccer, volleyball, track and field, and was on the swim team.
Jonathan is grateful for the opportunities being a Centennial brings.
“This scholarship has made a huge difference for me financially,” he said. “In addition to the financial difference, this scholarship, I think, opens up the door to even more connections and opportunities than I would have gotten if I had not been named a Centennial Scholar.”
The reason Jonathan chose to attend the Wilson College of Textiles was the Textile Technology major with a concentration in Supply Chain Operations.
“My best friend’s father was in supply chain for over 30 years and he got me interested in it. Also, I liked how diverse my job options could be within the Textiles industry,” he said.