Underwood awarded Mrs. Annie Cox Memorial Scholarship

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Lauren Underwood with Mr. Curtis and her parents - Amy and Brad Underwood - East Side School Teachers

The Mrs. Annie Cox Memorial Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the awarding of a scholarship to Miss Lauren Underwood, Cannon County High School Senior - Class of 2019, who graduated on May 17th, 2019.

This scholarship is in memory of longtime educator and beloved Cannon County citizen, Mrs. Annie Cox. It has been established as an additional financial resource for a student intending to major in Elementary Education who has demonstrated achievement and based on need.

Mrs. Cox was a very special person to all of Cannon County, and appropriately this scholarship honors her "Love for Education and Children, Character, Capability, and Need." The scholarship personifies Mrs. Cox's words, "I love to see children learn! I just love it! And want to make a difference in the life of a child." -- Mrs. Annie Cox.

The Scholarship amount was $500, which Lauren will use toward her demonstrated need to attend college intending to major in Early Childhood Education. She is the daughter of Brad and Amy Underwood of Woodbury.

Lauren stated in her essay, which was a part of the scholarship application, "I want to be an Elementary teacher because I love teaching young children the power of knowledge. Being a teacher is about serving as a stepping stone for children to explore the endless possibilities that learning inspires."

The Mrs. Annie Cox Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a Cannon County High School Senior who is on track to graduate this year, have an application pending to or acceptance received from a state accredited two or four year college/university, recommendation of a CCHS faculty member, intending to major in Elementary Education, and write a 300 Word Essay entitled, "Why I deserve this scholarship, and why do I want to be an Elementary Teacher?"

The Mrs. Annie Cox Memorial Scholarship Committee includes: former West Side School Principal Mr. Ronald D. Basham, Chairman; former West Side Principal and current Director of Cannon County Schools Mr. Wm. Freddy Curtis, Secretary; current West Side Principal Mrs. Karen King; West Side School Secretary Mrs. Kathy Simon; and West Side Kindergarten Teacher and long-time colleague of Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Rita Jones. This year -- 2019 -- marks the 10th year since Mrs. Cox's passed away on July 6th, 2009.

There will be a major fundraising effort by the committee to fund this scholarship at the Mrs. Annie Cox Memorial Scholarship Dinner to be held in Fall 2019. More details will be announced about this exciting opportunity to honor the memory of Mrs. Annie Cox at a later date.

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