Thanks to Braswell Trust, a Matthews resident is debt-free – The Charlotte Weekly | Team Cansler

WINGATE — Tyler Moore of Wingate University in Matthews has never failed to clear an academic hurdle.

He was also able to complete financial ones thanks to the Braswell Trust Scholarship and South Piedmont Community College’s Gateway to Wingate program. The math student will cross the early stages next May with zero debt, lots of potential and a heart full of gratitude.

At a recent grant dinner at Wingate’s Hinson Art Museum, Moore told grant administrators at the Braswell Trust and representatives from South Piedmont and Wingate that studying pedagogy at Wingate solidified his purpose in life: teaching in a classroom and sharing his knowledge of mathematics.

“My personal life journey, as well as my work and career aspirations, are fulfilled with the financial support of the Braswell Trust Scholarship and the opportunities offered here at Wingate,” he said, adding that the support, love and challenges that varsity experience brings him help to achieve great things and to do good.

Self-described as “enthusiastic” when it came to academic pursuits, Moore capitalized on South Piedmont’s college and career promise by enrolling in collegiate courses at Metrolina Christian Academy during his high school years and often a combined course load taken by nine classes in one semester. The free community college courses are an obvious choice to help him work towards an affordable bachelor’s degree, he said.

“I come from a humble family that remains financially above our means and has worked hard to maintain the financial stability we have today,” he told his audience. “My early childhood wasn’t that financially stable.”

By the fall of 12th grade, he had almost given up on finding an affordable college option when he heard about Gateway to Wingate, which allows qualified South Piedmont associate degree graduates to attend college for $2,500 a year or less .

“It was like a blinking sign in big lights pointing me in the direction of Wingate,” says Moore. “Complete my associate degrees at SPCC? Join Wingate? Early graduation? Save thousands of dollars? To be too good to be true!”

After graduating from MCA in Spring 2020, he filled his schedule at South Piedmont and completed two associate degrees, one in arts and one in science.

“Honestly, the pandemic has allowed me to complete 13 college credits this summer semester,” says Moore. “I mean, what else was there to do?”

When he joined Wingate as a junior in January 2021, he took off and has been involved with numerous organizations including the Student North Carolina Association of Educators, Provisions Church, Alpha Chi and the W’Infinity Math Club, which he chairs as President. He has served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for the Academic Resource Center and as a student assistant to the Dean of Campus Life.

A recipient of a Reeves Summer Research grant, Moore conducted research with mathematics professor Kaitlyn Niedzielski and will travel to Boston in January to help present her findings.

“I’ve gained a group of professors and friends who support my endeavors, grow with my knowledge and life, and treat me like family, who push me to reach my goals and my full potential,” Moore says of his time at Wingate. “The rigorous coursework provided by the wonderful math department prepared me to enter graduate school in math, a life goal I am currently working towards.”

The event, at which Moore spoke, was an opportunity for George Bower, who administers the James R. and Bronnie L. Braswell Trust, to hear how the Trust-funded scholarship is meeting students’ needs. The scholarship is designed to provide continued access to higher education for students attending community college and arriving at Wingate with an associate degree.

Bower, an honorary alumnus, served on the Wingate Board of Trustees from 2010-2013 and again from 2014-2017. He has described the Braswells as “humble people who chose to live modestly” and had a vision of how their resources should be used to help others in need.

James Braswell was President of the State Bank of Wingate and Chairman of the Union County Board of Commissioners, and a land trader and farmer who moved to Wingate in the 1930s. His wife was an elementary school teacher. They were active members of the Wingate United Methodist Church, where Bronnie Braswell Bower taught Sunday school.

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