Walker College Foundation’s Current News
DRUMMOND COMPANY PROVIDES $5,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO THREE SENIORS
May 2019 - In an outstanding new partnership to help students go to college, Drummond Company worked with the Walker College Foundation to establish a new scholarship for children of Drummond Company employees. The $5,000 scholarship is a one-time award that can be used at any college the recipient chooses. For the 2019-20 scholarship season, three $5,000 scholarships were presented to high school seniors in Jefferson and Blount Counties.
Ashlyn Robinson, a senior at Pinson Valley High School, received a scholarship to attend Jefferson State Community College where she plans to pursue a future career in speech-language pathology. Janna Williamson, a senior at Cleveland High School, received a scholarship to attend the University of West Alabama to pursue a degree in education. She hopes to have a career as an English teacher. Macie Ann Eaton, a senior at McAdory High School, received a scholarship to attend Jefferson State Community College to pursue a career in the health science industry. All of these students submitted outstanding applications and were selected by a scholarship committee comprised of trustees with the Walker College Foundation.
Krystal Drummond, Director of Employee & Community Engagement with Drummond Company, said, “Building stronger communities while preserving a local heritage is part of Drummond Company’s pledge to our employees and neighbors. We know that building stronger communities is directly tied to education, so it is an important aspect of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. While this scholarship was established to provide assistance to one student per year, this year a generous blessing came forth when a Drummond family member and Drummond executive offered to fund two additional scholarships. Drummond Company is fortunate and proud to have a workforce comprised of loyal, hardworking people, dedicated to excellence. We would like to congratulate all graduates and wish them success in their academic endeavors!”
PINNACLE BANK PROVIDES $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP TO CURRY SENIOR
May 16, 2019 - In an exciting new business partnership, Pinnacle Bank presented a $5,000 scholarship to Walker College Foundation to be awarded to a Walker County student with an interest in business. This partnership represents a commitment from business and industry to build a stronger workforce through access to higher education.
Hannah Walker, the student selected to receive this scholarship, will join our Scholars Society as she attends Bevill State Community College-Jasper Campus this fall with a focus on business. She is a graduate of Curry High School where she was involved in Beta Club, Anchor Club, National Honor Society, FBLA, and SGA. She played volleyball for CHS, was featured on the A Honor Roll and volunteered for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Headstart, and Special Olympics. Hannah’s future plans include a career in the business field.
Bert Hendrix, Pinnacle Bank’s Executive Vice President, said “We are excited to partner with the Walker College Foundation to help students in our community attend college. An investment in higher education is an investment in the future of our community and in the quality of life for our community members.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 SCHOLARS SOCIETY GRADUATES!
May 10, 2019 - Congratulations to eleven scholars who are completing their plans with our scholarship program! Your scholars graduated with their associate’s degrees on Friday, May 10 and are looking forward to their next steps. Graduates include Joshua Breed, Stori Lee Brown, Kalea Evans, Nicholas “Nick” Files, Buddy Guthrie, Walter Hogue, Audrey McLemore, John Rivers Nix, Morgan Suchey, Saisha Terrell, and Zachary “Zac” Woder.
The scholars have a variety of plans for the future. Joshua’s program of study was business and he is ready to go to work in the business field. Stori will transfer to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to study elementary education. Kalea is planning to transfer to a four-year college and study history, spanish, and business. Nick is headed to the University of Alabama to continue studying business. Buddy is transferring to UAB to finish a criminal justice degree and has an ultimate goal of attending law school. Walter will study landscape architecture at Mississippi State. Audrey is going to Wallace State-Hanceville to enroll in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. John Rivers will transfer to the University of South Alabama to study business. Morgan is headed to UAB to complete a degree in elementary education. Saisha is transferring to Athens State to study psychology. Zac is planning to enroll in the new Mercedes Benz Training Program at the Bevill State - Sumiton Campus.
Our scholars say THANK YOU to families and friends, to Bevill State faculty and staff, and to community donors who made their scholarships possible. These students are reaching their dreams because of you!
WILLIAMS GRADUATES FROM BSCC DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM
May 2, 2019 - Congratulations to Anna Williams for completing the Dental Assistant Program at Bevill State. The 15-week program teaches students the basics of working in a dental office as a dental assistant. Students are taught to care for patients and prep for dental procedures; sterilize treatment rooms and instruments; keep records correctly; take vital signs and assist in medical emergencies; and instruct patients in home care and post-op instructions.
Anna will continue with our scholarship program for another year as she pursues a career in dentistry. We are so proud of her for completing this goal!
YOUR WCF SCHOLARS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
November-December 2018 - Scholars Society members are asked to perform community service each year to give back to the community that made their scholarships possible.
During the 2018-19 academic year, scholars volunteered with many organizations to help our community. In November, students volunteered with Alabama Power’s Plant Miller Service Organization to purchase Christmas gifts for families in need. In December, scholars took an entire day to ring the bell during the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. Then, they collected and wrapped toys for Capstone Rural Health Center clients.
In February, scholars volunteered to help with the Rotary Club of Jasper’s Trivia Night Fundraiser, held to raise money to help non-profits in our community. They also participated in the Ethan Bland Scholarship Fundraiser Spirit Night held at Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza Restaurant. Scholars also give their time to the Walker College Foundation to thank the donors who are giving them a chance to reach their dreams and have a brighter future.
On their own, many scholars give their time to church groups, animal shelters, food banks, health organizations, mission teams, and a variety of other non-profit organizations. Several scholars coach youth sports teams and help tutor young students in math and English.
WCF GRADUATES AWARDED ACEA SCHOLARSHIPS
December 1, 2018 - Scholar graduates Emi Isabella Dutton and Jonah Trotter were selected to receive 2018 Alabama Community Education Association Scholarships. The scholarships were awarded to students who have volunteered or been employed through the Afterschool/Summer School Programs in the state of Alabama and plan to make a difference in the future of Alabama education.
Both Emi and Jonah are currently taking classes at Athens State University toward degrees in education. Emi is focusing on secondary education/math education and Jonah is focusing on special education/secondary education. These scholar graduates also serve as advisors to our current scholarship program and continue to attend our lunches and work in our volunteer activities.
They are outstanding representatives of the next generation of teachers and we know they will truly make a difference in the lives of every child they touch.
2018-19 SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS
August 2018 - On August 16th, 40 new and returning scholarship recipients started classes on the Bevill State Community College - Walker College Campus. 2018-19 scholars include Jordan Bell, Joshua Breed, Stori Lee Brown, Trenton Burton, Nicholas Files, Buddy Guthrie, Walter Hogue, Justin Levan, Anna Grace Martin, Audrey McLemore, John Rivers Nix, Tori Robertson, Morgan Suchey, Saisha Terrell, Forrest Van Beek, Zachary Woder, Kyla Beasley, Elijah Blankenship, Ariana Brannon, Madison Bryant, Jacob Cater, Reginald Clark, Jr., Chance Crocker, Kalea Evans, Matthew Gallagher, Brody Gunter, Jordan Hadder, Charles Owen Hall, Maria Hernandez, Ingrid Hogue, Malea Isbell, Silvana Lopez, Kaitlyn McNair, Macy Medeiros, DaTorrey Moore, Jonathan Pate, Daniel Strickland, Destin Talley, Jacob Uptain, Anna Williams, Isak Wisener, and James Connor Woods.
Scholarships provided to students for the 2018-19 school year cover tuition and fees and are renewable for a second year if a student maintains a 2.75 GPA. The approximate value of each scholarship is $5,200 per year and includes a number of additional benefits including a scholar mentor, monthly lunches, and employability skills training. Students who enter the Associate Degree Nursing program in their first year at Bevill State receive the same benefits and are awarded an extended scholarship to cover two years in nursing school.
This year, we are excited to have two of our graduates returning to work with the scholarship program. Emi “Bella” Dutton and Jonah Trotter will be Scholars Society advisors and will work with our students to help them through the school year.
The scholarships provided to these students originate from families who have established endowed scholarship funds and from individuals who have made contributions to the Walker College Foundation over the years. Through responsible investment policies and community contributions, more than $2.5 million has been invested in students in our community.
Walker College Foundation supporters know that scholarships are critical for our community. Technical skills beyond high school, a two-year degree, or a four-year degree will open doors to needed opportunities including access to higher paying jobs so individuals can provide better financial support for their families, make better health and welfare decisions, and give back to the community. By providing scholarship funds, donors are working to strengthen the economic ties that bind this community together.
TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 2018 GRADUATES
July 2018 - Walker College Foundation (WCF) awarded $26,000 in transfer scholarships to ten scholars who completed their associates degree from Bevill State. Landi Earnest, Emi “Bella” Dutton, Jacob Robinson, Taylor Rowe, Jonah Trotter, Brady Pare, Mica Wade, Kennedy Stracner, Ashton Hanks, and Lynzi Hunter will continue their higher education goals at four-year universities this fall with a little extra financial help.
Here are the future plans of these amazing scholars:
Emi is continuing her education at Athens State University to complete her degree in math education/secondary education. She plans to teach math in the Walker County School System.
Jacob graduated in May with a focus on computer science and engineering. He plans to complete his electrical engineering degree at UAB.
Taylor is continuing her college career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
Jonah is going to Athens State University to earn a degree in collaborative education-special education. His career goal is to serve as an administrator in the Walker County School System.
Brady is transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham this fall and is pursuing his dream of a career in electrical engineering.
Mica is transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue her degree in Public Relations. She plans to attend law school after she graduates from UAB.
Kennedy is continuing her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete her goal of a graphic arts degree.
Ashton will continue her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete a degree in psychology.
Lynzi fell in love with chemistry and plans to continue her studies at UAB. She has already been hired to work in a lab while she works on her degree.
“We recognize that many students want to continue their education beyond an associate’s degree, but the cost of two more years at a four-year university may hold them back. This scholarship gives them an incentive to work hard and keep moving toward those goals,“ said William “Bud” Long, chairman of the Board of Trustees.
DUTTON AND WILLIAMS HONORED DURING 2018 GRADUATION
May 10, 2018 - Emi “Bella” Dutton was awarded the C. I. Jones Memorial Gift Award during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at Bevill State. This award, established by C. I. Jones, recognizes the student on the Walker College Campus with the highest academic record and is chosen by the faculty.
Bella has been an outstanding scholar over the last two years. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a co-president of the National Society for Leadership and Success. She was chosen as an All Alabama Academic Team nominee for the Walker College Campus.
Bella has participated in many service activities including working with the Walker County Humane and Adoption Center, Walker County Rehabilitation Center, Rotary Club of Jasper’s Trivia Night, Capstone Rural Health Center’s holiday toy drive, and the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. Bella has also been instrumental in raising funds for the Ethan Bland Memorial Scholarship.
Bella will continue her education at Athens State where she will pursue a degree in secondary education/math education. She plans to return to Walker County to teach math to the next generation of students.
Walker Williams was selected to receive the Florence Nightingale Award during the 2018 Bevill State Nursing Pinning Ceremony. He was chosen to receive this honor by the 2018 Associate Degree Nursing Class.
Florence Nightingale, the “Lady with the Lamp”, spent her nightly rounds giving personal care to the wounded. This award is presented to the nursing student who presents the characteristics that most exemplify her spirit and skill.
Walker has been with the Walker College Foundation since Fall 2015. He was in the first group of scholars to receive a full tuition scholarship and his scholarship was extended to cover his studies in nursing school. Walker has participated in student lunches, projects, and community service and has been a mentor to newer members.
Walker is never without a smile and brings joy to all who know him. Congratulations to this outstanding scholar. He will be an asset to the nursing profession.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 SCHOLARS SOCIETY GRADUATES!
May 10, 2018 - It has been a great year for your scholars! 22 students have completed their plans with our scholarship program! Fourteen students graduated with an Associate’s degree and plan to attend a four-year college in the fall. Two scholars graduated from the Dental Assistant program and will complete their Dental Hygiene degree at Wallace State Community College. Three scholars graduated from Bevill State’s Registered Nursing program and are looking forward to working as nurses in our local hospitals. One student is excited about going to work as an LPN. Two scholars finished their core coursework and will transfer to their four-year college in the fall. These students include Gracie Raines, Taylor Rowe, Jacob Robinson, Kennedy Stracner, Mica Wade, Ashton Hanks, Anna Blackwell, Joshua Breed, Lynzi Hunter, Landi Earnest, Jonah Trotter, Jonah Guthrie, Justin Levan, Trenton Burton, Emi Dutton, Brady Pare, Deanna Diveto, Colton Plunkett, Rebecca Evans, Emily Colburn, Walker Williams, and Madisyn Hood.
These scholars say THANK YOU! for the support that brought them to this moment. Thank you to families and friends, to Bevill State faculty and staff, and to community donors who made their scholarships possible.
These students have future plans that include electrical and biomedical engineering, teaching in the primary and secondary education systems, kinesiology, computer science, forensic chemistry, dental hygiene, nursing, graphic design, occupational therapy, and public relations. They are reaching for their dreams because of you!
RAINES AND SUCHEY GRADUATE FROM DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM
May 2018 - Congratulations to Gracie Raines and Morgan Suchey for completing the Dental Assistant Program at Bevill State. The 15-week program teaches students the basics of working in a dental office as a dental assistant. Students are taught to care for patients and prep for dental procedures; sterilize treatment rooms and instruments; keep records correctly; take vital signs and assist in medical emergencies; and instruct patients in home care and post-op instructions.
Gracie and Morgan plan to transfer to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville to continue their education toward a Dental Hygiene degree. We are so proud of them for completing this goal!
ETHAN BLAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED BY FELLOW SCHOLARS
April 2018 - The Walker College Foundation Trustees and Scholars were stunned and saddened by the loss of their friend and fellow scholar, Ethan Bland, who suffered an accidental death on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Ethan was an excellent student and was attending Bevill State Community College on a Walker College Foundation scholarship.
Ethan was a caring, generous, and involved student. He was an officer of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and a member of the Walker College Foundation Scholars Society. As an officer for Phi Theta Kappa, he attended regional and national conferences. He was an avid volunteer and gave his time to events sponsored by Bevill State and other non-profits in the community. He worked in the Bevill State concession stand at every basketball game. He donated money and Christmas presents to the toy drive for Capstone Rural Health Center. He rang the bell for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. He donated food and supplies to the Secret Pantry.
Because of Ethan’s gener-osity, dedication, and selfless heart, the Walker College Foundation Scholars Society is raising money to fund a scholarship for a generous and hard-working student like Ethan. The scholars are accepting donations to fund the Ethan Bland Memorial Scholarship through the Walker College Foundation website at www.wcfdn.org and by check to Walker College Foundation, P. O. Box 2228, Jasper, AL 35502. Thank you so much for your support of the Ethan Bland Memorial Scholarship. Through this scholarship, Ethan’s kind and generous spirit will live on.
2017-18 SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED TO NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS
August 2017 - This fall, the Walker College Foundation awarded approximately $200,000 in scholarships to 38 new and returning students who are attending Bevill State Community College - Walker College/Jasper Campus. Our new and returning scholars include Emily Colburn, Madisyn Hood, Walker Williams, Jordan Bell, Anna Blackwell, Morgan Cordell, Deanna Diveto, Emi Isabella Dutton, Landi Earnest, Ashton Hanks, Justin Levan, Anna Grace Martin, Brady Pare, Colton Plunkett, Brittany Rigsby, Tori Robertson, Jacob Robinson, Taylor Rowe, Kennedy Stracner, Ethan Bland, Joshua Breed, StoriLee Brown, Rebecca Evans, Nicholas Files, Buddy Guthrie, Jonah Guthrie, Walter Hogue, Jacob Ingram, Spencer Johnson, Audrey McLemore, John Rivers Nix, Gracie Raines, Karlie Stough, Morgan Suchey, Saisha Terrell, Jonah Trotter, Forrest Van Beek, Mica Wade, and Zachary Woder.
Scholarships provided to students for the 2017-18 school year cover tuition and fees up to 18 credit hours per semester and are renewable for a second year if a student maintains a 2.75 GPA. The approximate value of each scholarship is $5,000 per year. Students who enter the Associate Degree Nursing program in their first year at Bevill State are awarded an extended scholarship to cover two years of nursing classes.
These scholarships originate from families who have established endowed scholarship funds and from individuals who have made contributions to WCF. Through responsible investment policies and contributions since the founding of WCF in 1994, these funds have grown to almost $10 million. To date, more than $2 million in earnings has been allocated to scholarships.
WCF donors know that scholarships are critical for the students in our community. They realize that technical skills beyond high school, a two-year degree, or a four-year degree will open doors to needed opportunities. The knowledge gained in college opens access to higher paying jobs so individuals can provide more financial support for their families, make better health and welfare decisions, recognize and leave dangerous situations, and give back to the community. By providing scholarships to students who seek access to higher education, donors are working to strengthen the economic ties that bind this community together.
The scholarship program has recently expanded to include a limited number of transfer scholarships for graduating scholars and dual enrollment scholarships for high school students who want to take college-level classes while still in high school.