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HPU Names Ashley Holleran 2010 Haverty Cup Recipient

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High Point University announced that Ashley M. Holleran, a senior majoring in home furnishings with a minor in interior design in the The Knabusch-Shoemaker International School of Home Furnishings and Design at High Point University, was recently presented with the 2010 Haverty Cup.

The award was presented to Holleran in Norton Hall on April 16 by Steve Burdette, executive vice president of Haverty Furniture Company stores and Scott Miles, vice president of stores and development at Haverty Furniture Company.

Holleran, a native of Peabody, Mass., has consistently scored high in classes throughout college – her overall GPA is a 3.86. She has been an active member of HPU’s women’s soccer team, and was a Millis Scholar Athlete and on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll during all four years at HPU. Holleran was the recipient of the 2009 Furniture Fellowship Endowed Scholarship. She also has participated in the Big Brother Big Sister program.

Upon graduation, Holleran will work with Haverty Furniture in Pineville, NC.

"Ashley is an outstanding student who is sincerely interested in a career in the home furnishings industry," says Dr. Richard Bennington, Paul Broyhill professor of home furnishings at HPU. "Her grades are consistently among the highest in each class, and she is serious about learning. Her work ethic and creative thinking will be an asset to her in her career. We are proud that she is our 2010 recipient of the Haverty Cup."

Holleran received a $2,500 cash award and an engraved replica of the Haverty Cup. Her name has been engraved with the names of previous winners on the Haverty Cup, which is kept on permanent display at HPU.


The Haverty Cup was established in 1988 by Rawson Haverty Sr. to annually honor the most outstanding home furnishings graduate of HPU. Haverty established the award to encourage students to pursue a career in the home furnishings industry. 

Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc., began in 1885, in Atlanta, Ga., where its headquarters still operates. Haverty’s is a full-service home furnishings retailer with 119 stores in 17 states in the Southern and Midwestern regions providing its customers with a wide selection of quality merchandise in the middle to upper-middle price ranges. Annual sales revenue is 588 million. More company information can be found at www.havertys.com.

The home furnishings program at HPU combines the studies of business and home furnishings. Students interested in careers in the home furnishings industry have a choice of two majors – home furnishings or interior design.  

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among "America’s Best Colleges." HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Great Colleges to Work For" 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.

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