PK Women's Club presents scholarships
This year the Possum Kingdom Women’s Club presented the Michelle Stacey Memorial Scholarship awards to four Graford students during the commencement ceremony of the graduating class of 2016.
“We are proud and pleased to award these scholarships to help these young students to better themselves and to further their education,” said Marily Blair, PKWC Scholarship Committee Chairman. “These scholarships are awarded in memory of Michelle Stacey who was a member of the PKWC for several years. Education was very important to her. She was a business owner, author, world traveler and enjoyed life to the fullest. We appreciate having a small part in the future and success of these deserving students.”
Graford High School’s Valedictorian Emily Miles received the first Michelle Stacey Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000; payable $500 per semester for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Miles plans on attending Weatherford College to get her basic classes and wants to get her Pharmaceutical Doctorate and possibly run her own pharmacy someday. She plans on finishing her degree at Ben and Maytee Finch College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas in Tyler and obtain her PhD. This is a renewable scholarship and Miles is eligible to re-apply for $1,000 each year that she continues as a full time student with passing grades until she graduates.
The second scholarship recipient was Colton Ray Potts, who also received $1,000; payable $500 per semester for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Potts plans on attending Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater to attain certification in their certified mechanics school to become an auto diesel mechanic. This is a renewable scholarship and he is eligible to re-apply for $1,000 next year to assist him in finishing this program.
“Colton quit school in the eighth grade so that he could get a job and help feed and support a younger brother and his mother. He returned to school and has kept up his grades with a 3.6 average, even while continuing to work,” Blair said.
PKWC also awarded an additional $1,000 Michelle Stacey Memorial Scholarship to Johnathan Tanner Hargrove to assist him in continuing his education at Weatherford College. He received $1,000 when he graduated from Graford High School in May 2015. He is one of the first graduating seniors to receive a renewable scholarship from the PKWC.
Shawnee Turner is eligible for a renewable scholarship, if she returns to school this fall full time and has passing grades from the previous year. She is also one of the first to be awarded a renewable scholarship from the PKWC.
On May 8, 2016, Brandon Pendergraft graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science. He received a scholarship of $1,000 from PKWC after graduating from Graford High School in 2012.
“We are excited to have a small part in his success and proud of him on graduating this year,” Blair said.