The Walker College Foundation has welcomed new and returning scholars for the 2019-20 school year at Bevill State Community College.
Forty-two students make up this year's group of accomplished scholars that include Taylor Barton, Ryan Childers, Will Dutton, Emma Fincher, Cody Gilbert, Jackson Hogue, Ciera Miller, Cody Nix, Allie Parr, Kayleigh Patterson, Karlie Ratliff, Courtney Richardson, Dillon Roberts, Alexis Schultz, Allie Sickles, Lucia Siquina, Caitlin Vines, Hannah Walker, Isaac Whitlock, Maranda Wilson, Kyla Beasley, Elijah Blankenship, Ariana Brannon, Madison Bryant, Jacob Cater, Matthew Gallagher, Brody Gunter, Jordan Hadder, C. Owen Hall, Maria Hernandez, Ingrid Hogue, Malea Isbell, Brannon Langston, Justin Levan, Anna Grace Martin, Kaitlyn McNair, Macy Medeiros, Tori Robertson, Daniel Strickland, Destin Talley, Jacob Tanner Uptain and James Connor Woods.
The Walker College Foundation (WCF) was established in 1994 and provides scholarships to students who are enrolled at Bevill State's Jasper campus. WCF scholars can also receive transfer scholarships after earning a degree at Bevill State.
Scholarships include tuition and fees (valued at $5,200) and are renewed for another academic year if students maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher. All scholars have a scholar mentor, get to attend monthly lunches, and take advantage of skills training to help in job search efforts.
Nursing students at Bevill State who are WCF scholars are eligible for an extended scholarship for two years of nursing school.
WCF funding is made possible by generous donors — many of whom are former graduates of Walker College.
"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 opportunities for higher-paying jobs and careers," WCF Executive Director Holly Trawick said in an email to the Daily Mountain Eagle. "Higher earnings allow individuals to 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 communities together."
WCF recently provided $30,000 in transfer scholarships to eight scholars who graduated from Bevill State and earned their associate degrees.
The following is a list of the transfer scholarship recipients and the college's they will be attending: Morgan Suchey (Athens State University, elementary education); StoriLee Brown (University of Alabama at Birmingham, elementary education); Saisha Terrell (Athens State University, psychology); Walter Hogue (Mississippi State University, landscape architecture); John Rivers Nix (University of South Alabama, business); Nick Files (University of Alabama, business); Buddy Guthrie (University of Alabama at Birmingham, criminal justice); and Audrey McLemore (Wallace State Community College, occupational therapy assistant).
"We are so excited to see these scholars accomplish their first college goal and start the next one. They have a bright future ahead of them," Trawick said.