Note: This year we had only three applicants for our two sweeping industry scholarships. All came from WSA Member companies and all were very worthy applicants. As a result, we provided the three young men with the option of splitting the $4,000 WSA had earmarked for scholarships; unanimously, they agreed to follow that course. So, each of the following will receive $1330 toward furthering their education.
Christopher Huff, sponsored by Cam South, Birmingham, AL
Chris will be pursuing a career in the field of nursing. He was an active member of his community church youth group, where he served by volunteering as a VBS leader as well as working on things like cutting grass, painting, cleaning and more. The coach of his high school baseball team gave Chris the following character reference:
“Chris Huff is one of my favorite players I have ever had the opportunity to coach. This is not only due to his many talents, but more so because of his desire for excellence on a daily basis. He is without a doubt a great athlete in our program, but he is more importantly an outstanding young man.”
Chris also received awards for being an Outstanding Peer Helper in his high school, volunteering at Special Olympics’ track meets and the Special Education Prom.
John Schaefer, sponsored by Bloomfield Parking Lot Maintenance, Freeport, NY
John plans to become an architect, a vocation that Barbara Johnson, a family friend who wrote his reference letter, says would be a good fit for him. She continues to say:
“John volunteered at pet shelters from the age of 16 helping to feed and exercise the animals on a weekly basis. He also volunteers monthly at the Mercy Inn’ Soup Kitchen in Wyandanch, New York helping to feed the homeless, has donated money to charitable causes, always trying to help in any way possible even if it is $10.00. John has also worked on local food drives when natural disasters take place. He is such a kind soul which is so hard to find in young people today.”
One of his high school teachers, Timothy Henderson, praised John as “someone who is highly motivated and not easily intimidated by new or difficult material. I am going to miss his contributions this coming year.”
John’s personal accomplishments include National Art Honor Society, graduating high school with Honors and he is currently working on completing his Eagle Scout this year.
Patrick “Aaron” Trull, sponsored by Cam South, Birmingham, AL
Aaron will be enrolling in the University of Alabama to pursue a career in the field of nursing. He maintained a 3.9 GPA in high school, where he was also very active in extracurricular affairs.
He was in the National Beta Club, National Honor Society and participated in football, track and wrestling. He has also taken an active role in his church youth group and in his community’s community outreach program. In addition, he has maintained a job as a ‘sandwich artist’ at Subway.
Denise Gardiner, who has known Aaron since kindergarten, says of him:
“Aaron has always been a kind, intelligent, hardworking young man. He has never been in any trouble and graduated with a very high grade point average.”