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Wilson Scholar Profiles

Our Wilson Scholars carry on Miss Wilson’s legacy of love, care, and service to Montreat College and their fellow students.


Continuing a Legacy of Service

“I cannot say how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve as a Wilson Scholar. This opportunity has allowed me to take my creativity and apply it professionally in my work in the office, and to do so with the support of the professionals that I work with in the office. Beyond that, I am elated to be a part of a mentor relationship where I am able to take the time to learn from an older, more experienced man and explore some of life’s deeper questions and to consider where I invest my time, why I do so, and how the way I spend my time can ultimately propel me towards what God has for me.”

Joshua Kilgo ’16, Outdoor Education & Outdoor Ministry
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“I’m so blessed to be at Montreat College. Since coming here, I can’t even begin to describe how much I have grown as a person and in my faith. Montreat is a special place and I am thankful for the community and the people who pour into my life. As a Wilson Scholar, I have been placed in the position of stewardship coordinator in the development office. I get to thank our donors personally for giving me the opportunity to attend Montreat. What a gift it is to be able to share with them the impact this place has had on my life!”

Hannah Madsen ’14, Psychology and Human Services
Work Position: Development Office 

“Christ can be pursued in, and is revealed through, the work of every person. The good works accomplished in service of His body are fulfilled by those in Montreat’s offices every day. As a Wilson Scholar working in Advancement, I wish to thank those who serve me as a student. I am eager to learn from their gracious diligence.”

Kevin Fife ’16, Bible and Religion
Work Position:
Advancement Services 

Wilson Scholar Profile - Akira Shavers

“Montreat College has a special place in my heart. As a Wilson Scholar, I am blessed to work closely with staff, faculty, and alumni organizing college events. I look forward to the opportunity to be mentored by faculty, to receive professional job experience, and most importantly to grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men. I am grateful for the privilege I have to serve the Montreat Community.”

Akira Shavers ’16, Computer Information Systems
Work Position:

“We all hope to have an impact on our communities and to leave a lasting effect in the places we have been. During her time at Montreat, Ms. Elizabeth Wilson created a legacy. Her legacy was one that was based on service, loyalty, love and endless faith. It is both a privilege and a pleasure to take part in her legacy. I look forward to my coming year in the Wilson Scholar program.” 

Keely Kalisch ’14, Communication & Fine Arts  
Work Position: Communications Office 

“My work as a Wilson Scholar has expanded my leadership skills exponentially. My boss has poured himself into my life, encouraging me in my walk with Christ and making me a better person. He has also given me tremendous experience and skills in the challenge course field. I have been tremendously blessed to have been given the opportunity to become a Wilson Scholar.”

Grant Geurink ’14, Environmental Studies
Work Position:
Team and Leadership Center

JosephMadsen250x167“My position in the Communications Office enables me to see many facets of Montreat and allows me to get an inside look into how everything works together toward the goal of providing a Christ-centered, student-focused, and a service-driven education to all who attend. I have been so blessed to work alongside faculty and to see our efforts have a direct impact on the Montreat community. I look forward to more meaningful relationships and growth in all areas of life.”

Joseph Madsen ’16, Music Business
Work Position: Communications Office

“I could not be more grateful for having the opportunity to participate in the Wilson Scholar program here at Montreat. Not only am I privileged to work alongside a group of immensely supportive and encouraging people, I am also gaining valuable life skills to take with me wherever I may go. I enjoy being challenged daily to rise to my full potential and to truly learn what it means to exemplify Christ in all areas of my life. I could not ask for a more enriching experience during my time here.”

Carlie Merson ’14, Cross-Cultural Studies
Work Position: 
President’s Office

“Through the Wilson Scholar program, I have been able to pursue the college’s mission as well as experience it through both peers and mentors. Montreat is a place of struggling, learning, and growing – all of which are essential to the development of one’s life. I’m so thankful to be able to engage in all of these stages of development alongside influential teachers and loving friends. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to live out the mission of Montreat College as a Wilson Scholar.”

Chris Holder ’15, History
Work Position: Student Activities/Intramural Sports 

 “God has blessed me with the opportunity to be a Wilson Scholar and I cherish that honor every day. Montreat College is the best, and I could never see myself anywhere else. There is such a long history here and I love talking with the alumni from 30, 40, or even 50 years ago. One person who stood out among the stories was Elizabeth Wilson. When I think about the student that I want to be, I think back to Ms. Wilson – who gave her heart, mind and strength to this school. I am so blessed to carry her name on in the work that I feel really means something to the whole community of Montreat. I hope to someday be remembered as she is.”

Alex Baskaron ’15, Human Services
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