$236,000 in scholarships awarded for 2016-17 year; students honored at reception

This fall, students were offered approximately $236,000 in scholarship funds from the Walker College Foundation. When Bevill State’s doors opened in August, 43 new and returning scholars started classes. These student were recently honored at a scholars reception which included students, parents, trustees, Bevill State employees and donors.

Scholarships provided to students for the 2016-17 school year pay for tuition and fees for the fall, spring and summer semesters. They are renewable for a second year if a student maintains a 2.75 GPA. The approximate value is $5,000 per year for each scholarship in order to support students until they reach their goal of a two-year associate’s degree.

In addition to the grade requirements, the scholars have a once per month lunch meeting where they talk about college information. They are required to participate in at least one community service project each year. Additions to the program this year included adding scholarship funds for the summer semester and asking the returning scholars to act as mentors for the new scholars to help first year students adjust to starting college.

"The Scholars program was created to give our scholars a group of peers who they would recognize on campus and could feel comfortable talking to about classes and questions. Research shows that students who have support during their college career are more successful. We think these students are special and we are working to support their education in every way possible. We want them to succeed and give back to the community that supported them," said Holly Trawick, Executive Director of the Walker College Foundation.

Many of the scholars wrote thank you letters to the trustees to express their appreciation for their scholarship. Savannah Freeman, recipient of the Steve Byars Annual scholarship, sent a thank you letter to the trustees and wrote, “I thank you very much for your generosity, because without this scholarship I may not have been able to pursue my career in Music Therapy.”

Deanna Diveto, a scholar pursuing a career in Dental Hygiene, sent, “By awarding me the William S. Thornton Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus on the most significant aspect of school – learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.”

Landi Earnest also sent a thank you letter in which she wrote, “I cannot thank you all enough for this scholarship and explain how much this is going to help me achieve my goals in life. The financial relief that this scholarship has given my family is unexplainable.”

2016-17 scholars include Jordan Bell, Anna Blackwell, Zach Blanton, Jeffrey Brom, Trenton Burton, Brittany Cagle, Alicia Cherry, Molli Clark, Emily Colburn, Baleigh Cooner, Morgan Cordell, Deanna Diveto, Bella Dutton, Landi Earnest, Savannah Freeman, Ashton Hanks, Madisyn Hood, Lynzi Hunter, Kayla Key, Brandon Lane, Justin Levan, Anna Martin, Haley McAllister, Tyler Nethery, Brady Pare, Darby Parrish, Diego Pascual, Colton Plunkett, Rebekah Presswood, Seth Rhegness, Brittany Rigsby, Cyle Roberts, Tori Robertson, Taylor Rowe, Jonathan Sargent, Kailyn Smith, Logann Smith, Frances Stephens, Kennedy Stracner, Lynsie Taylor, Josie Walker, Walker Williams, and Caleb Woods.

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