CVCC Alumni Award Four 2019 Guy Hollar Memorial Scholarships

by Mary Reynolds, PIO/Alumni Director CVCC

2019 Guy Hollar Scholarship Recipients

Members of the Guy Hollar Memorial Golf Tournament Committee recently presented scholarships totaling $5,000 to four Catawba Valley Community College students pursuing a Turfgrass Management Technology degree.

Michael K. Clark of Morganton, N.C., received a $1,500 scholarship. Alex R. Hastings of Boiling Springs, N.C., received a $1,500 scholarship. Thomas. A. Williams II of Shelby, N.C., received a $1,500 scholarship, and Daniel Charles McCoy of Catawba received a $500 scholarship.

“Our CVCC turf alumni work diligently on this annual scholarship golf tournament in memory of one of their esteemed classmates Mr. Guy Hollar,” said Gary Muller, Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology. “We are grateful to have such passionate alumni who work to supply the green industry with a qualified workforce. All four scholarship recipients have career potential that could take them across the country—even the world—if they desire.”

Clark graduated from Patton High School in Morganton, and earned an associate degree in Horticulture Technology at Western Piedmont Community College. Clark interned at All-Seasons Ground Maintenance in Hickory this past summer as well as for CVCC maintaining the college’s sports fields.

Hastings and Williams graduated from Crest High School in Shelby, and have worked at the Riverbend YMCA Golf Course in Shelby for the past two years. He interned at The Highland Course in Primland, located in the Meadows of Dan, Va.

McCoy is a two-time recipient of the Guy Hollar Memorial Scholarship. He graduated from Bandys High School in the town of Catawba and interned at The Highland Course in Primland, located in the Meadows of Dan, Va.

Proceeds from the annual Guy Hollar Memorial Golf Tournament held at Rock Barn Golf Club in Conover, N.C., fund the scholarships. The annual tournament is organized and conducted entirely by CVCC alumni.

Guy Hollar was among the first graduates in 1972 of (then) Catawba Valley Technical Institute’s Recreational Grounds Management degree and served as Rock Barn (Conover, N.C.) golf course director of grounds for many years. Hollar fought a courageous battle against leukemia before his death in 2008.

For more information about the 2020 Guy Hollar Memorial Golf Tournament set for April 21 at Rock Barn Country Club in Conover, N.C., contact Gerry Millholen, tournament chair and CVCC Turf Alumnus,, 828-455-2284, or Mary Reynolds, CVCC Alumni Affairs Director, 828-327-7000, ext. 4387,

About Catawba Valley Community College:

CVCC is an accredited comprehensive community college serving Catawba and Alexander counties in North Carolina. Approximately 4,500 students are enrolled in college credit courses and more than 10,000 students are enrolled in short-term and occupational training opportunities. It offers programming in Hickory, Newton and Taylorsville and in many community and workplace locations. For more information, visit