Brundidge Rotary Club awards scholarships

Published 10:26 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Brundidge Rotary Club has announced the awarding of seven scholarships to graduating seniors from five area high schools.   

Dixie Shehane, Rotary president, said the scholarship recipients were chosen from a distinguished group of nominees and all are to be congratulated.

“Since the scholarship program was introduced, the Brundidge Rotary Club has awarded $100,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school graduates,” Shehane said. “We are fortunate to be able to fund these scholarships and look forward each year to the awarding of the scholarships.”

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The Sarah Spano Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Erika Brooke Hussey of Zion Chapel High School. She plans to attend Wallace College and pursue a degree in diagnostic sonography.

Goshen High School graduate, Erica Dean Wells received the Wilburn Howard Rotary Scholarship, Erica will attend Enterprise State Community College. She plans a career in education.

Jericho Green, Ariton High School, was awarded the Harold Rodgers Memorial Scholarship. Jericho will attend Wallace College and plans a career in physical therapy.

The J. Ralph Dickert Rotary Scholarship was awarded to Malea Bland of Pike County High School. Malea will attend Enterprise State Community College and pursue a degree in political science.

Pike Liberal Arts School graduate Tyler Tyson received the Robert L. Godwin Memorial Scholarship. Tyler will attend Troy University as a business management major.

John Wayne McCory III, Zion Chapel graduate, received the Reynolds E. Wallace Rotary Scholarship. He plans a career in computer science but has not made a decision as to his future education.

The Lawrence Bowden Scholarship was awarded to Linda Morgan Ellis, Pike County High School.  Linda will attend Wallace College in Dothan and major in nursing.

Shehane said the scholarship nominees are recognized at a club luncheon and are interviewed individually by the club’s education committee that then makes the selections.

“At the meeting, the nominees  have an opportunity to see how the Rotary Club is conducted,” Shehane said. “We take that opportunity to challenge them to become involved in civic organizations and in the community because they are our future leaders.”

Shehane said the Brundidge Rotary Club also sends two young people to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) each summer and funds summer camp for a special needs youth at Camp ASCCA (Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults.)

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Brundidge Rotarians will sponsor an Interact Club at Pike County High School.

The Brundidge Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser is the annual Doug Botts Memorial Golf Tournament and is the primary contributor to the club’s scholarship program.

Shehane said special thanks go to the hole and team sponsors of this year’s golf tournament: Jana Ellis, Ken Dickert, C&D Properties, Stifel, South Alabama Electric, H.E. Browder Veneer, Lamar Steed, Wallace Pump & Supply, Burrece Bracey, Troy Cable, First National Bank, Jackson Thornton, Troy Bank & Trust, Charles Henderson Child Health Care Center, Clay Hill Farms, Regions Bank and Moore Chapel.

She congratulated the winners of the 10th Annual Doug Botts Memorial Golf Tournament: First place, Troy Cable, Nick Boatwright and Steve Camp; second place, C&D Properties, Chuck Dickert and David Nelson; and third place, First National Bank, Cot Wallace and Andy Head.

Cot Wallace’s tee shot was closest to the pin on Hole 3 and Mike Hogan was closest on Hole 17. Calvin Buzzan had the longest drive of the day.