Special to the Tribune
Mars Hill – College may be ten years away, but 8-year-old Nolan Spence has already earned a college scholarship. He sold $3,110 worth of Trail’s End popcorn during the Mars Hill Cub Scouts Pack 524’s annual fundraiser.
After selling $2,500 worth of popcorn, Scouts are eligible to have 6% of all sales accumulate toward a college scholarship. Spence has the next ten years as a Cub Scout and Scout to earn even more scholarship money.
“My ultimate goal is to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The funds I helped to raise will help provide camping trips for our Pack,” said Nolan.
The local Madison County community helped him exceed his goal by purchasing popcorn from him at Mars Hill University’s homecoming celebration and the Mars Hill Heritage Festival. He finished up the fundraising sale, held Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, with online sales.
Spence earned the most online sales in the Daniel Boone Council (DBC), an area encompassing all of Western North Carolina, by selling $1,490 of his $3,110 online.
“Nolan worked extremely hard to reach and surpass his goal for popcorn sales,” said Erin Punter Spence, a Den Leader, Popcorn Kernel at Pack 524 and Nolan’s mom.
A third-grader at Barnardsville Elementary School and native of the Forks of Ivy community, Spence has helped earn money for his future and helped his Cub Scout Pack 524. Trail’s End gives roughly 40% of the money made back to the Cub Scouts.
“We’re extremely proud of his accomplishment and can’t wait to be a part of his next adventure in Scouts BSA,” said James Hylemon, DBC district executive.