Martha Guy Business for Good Community for First Generation Transfer Students

Are you a first-generation transfer student seeking to enhance your college experience and prepare for an exceptional future? The Martha Guy Fellowship is a program designed especially for transfer students whose parents or legal guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree and exists to provide tailored support and opportunities to help you thrive both academically and professionally. 

Program Benefits

As a Martha Guy Fellow, you'll experience a range of benefits tailored to support your growth and success:

  • Supportive Community: Connect with like-minded peers, esteemed faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished alumni who are invested in your success..
  • Specialized Course: Participate in (insert course name), a unique course taken as a cohort with the other Fellows in the program.
  • Mentorship & Guidance: Receive invaluable insights and encouragement from a one-on-one student mentor based on their own experiences as a first-gen student navigating the challenges of higher education
  • Professional Coaching: Gain essential skills and confidence through coaching in resume building, LinkedIn profiles, professional headshots, internship placement, networking, and professional dining.
  • Financial Literacy Workshops: Learn to take control of your finances and achieve your goals by learning the basics of budgeting, saving, investing, and managing debt. 
  • Career Fairs: Receive guided coaching during career fairs to make meaningful connections and stand out in the competitive job market.
  • Travel Scholarships: Explore diverse opportunities and cultural experiences with potential travel scholarships.



Sara Figlow
828-406-2735 (cell)

Jacqueline Tilton
615-838-5669 (cell)

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About Martha Guy

Dr. Martha Guy (1922-2019) was an icon and pioneer for women in the banking industry. A native of Newland, Guy served and led Avery County Bank for more than 60 years in every capacity from assistant cashier to president. She was inducted into the North Carolina Banking Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been honored by the North Carolina Bankers Association with its Legends in Banking Award. In 2011, Guy received App State's Honorary Alumni Award.

Guy earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and an associate degree from Lees-McRae College. After firmly establishing her banking career, Guy emerged as a community leader and benefactor. She served on the boards of the Crossnore School and received a governor's appointment to the Avery County Board of Education during the turbulent period of school integration. Guy's leadership of and service to higher education has reached throughout the North Carolina Mountains. She served as a founding trustee of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine and served on boards of directors and visitors for App State, Lees-McRae, Mars Hill College, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College. Guy also gave generously of her resources to higher education, helping found App State's Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders, which operated from 2004 until 2019.