Eleven scholarships were recently presented to Cannon County High School graduates by the Woodbury Education Foundation Inc.
Better known as the Bryant-Myers Scholarship, the program has contributed more than $1.1 million dollars to Cannon County students.
Four-year college scholarships went to Kaylee Dawn Hayes, MTSU, $2,000; Catherine Lea Adams, MTSU, $2,000; Shelly L. Nicholson, MTSU, $2,000; A.J. Daniel, UT-Martin, $2,000; Samuel L. Sissom, Tennessee Tech, $2,000; and Carol William Duggin, Tennessee Tech, $2,000.
Two-year junior college or community college scholarships went to Kristen Hale, Roane State, $1,000; Erin McReynolds, Columbia State, $1,000; and Cheyenne Nicole Fann, $1,000, Motlow State.
Vocational scholarships went to Sydney Shane Foster, $500, and Michael M. Baily, $500.
"We would like to say a special thanks to Mr. Shannon Martin and Mrs. Kasey McGee for their hard work and assistance to us. CCHS is very fortunate to have these wonderful people," said Richie Hunter, WEF president.
The Woodbury Education Foundation was established with the assets remaining from the sale of Good Samaritan Hospital which closed in 1980. WEF is chartered by the state of Tennessee and qualified with the IRS as a tax exempt private foundation under Section 501(c)3.
The foundation is better known as the Dr. Russell Myers-Dr. William A. Bryant Scholarship in honor of both physicians' tremendous contributions to Woodbury and Cannon County beginning in 1950. Through this foundation, both Dr. Myers and Dr. Bryant continue to make a difference even today.
WEF is governed by by-laws and a board of directors which include President Richie Hunter, Vice-President Joe D. Davenport, Secretary Jamie King, Bobby Vance, Arna Smithson, Betty Reed, Greg Rogers and Ron Poston.
Criteria includes: Applicant must be a resident of Cannon County, applicant must be of good moral character and show a need for the scholarship and have a desire for further education; applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent and meet all academic qualifications to enter college or vocational school. College applicants must have an ACT score of 19 or better and must have a 2.5 GPA.
Funds will be paid on a semester basis according to the school the applicant is attending. The scholarship will be be limited to any race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
The applicant may not receive the WEF scholarship if the applicant is receiving another scholarship of $2,000 or more.
Applications for the scholarships must be received by Woodbury Education Foundation by March 15 of each year. The vocational scholarship applicants must be Cannon County residents, who have a 2.5 GPA or better and an acceptance letter dated no later than July 15.