Olivia Hay of Central High School of Coosa County was awarded the prestigious Kinire Scholarship in May, 2021. The scholarship pays $5,000 per year and is renewable for up to 4 years. Olivia was the valedictorian of her graduating class and is now attending the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.
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Congratulations to Kirsten Hubbard of West Blocton for being selected as the 2020 Elois Zeanah Scholarship recipient. She attends UAB and is pictured with Mrs. Jackie Ray of the Republican Women of Tuscaloosa County.
The CFWA partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tuscaloosa to aid the small business community during the pandemic and subsequent shut down related to the COVID-19 virus. All total about 300 businesses in West Alabama received $1.25 Million. These funds were directed at the small businesses to help bridge the gap until additional help arrived from the State and Federal government. We have a wonderful community!
Some of the directors for the CFWA are shown at a recent event. The CFWA turns 20 this year. There have been many wonderful directors and others who have contributed so much to our success. As we turn 20 years old, we are nearing a milestone of $20 Million contributed to the needs in West Alabama. Thank you for your wonderful support!
These educators were presented funding for various projects: Julie Reid – Myrtlewood, Kristi Elmore – Maxwell, Laura Bailey – Verner; Georgia Tidwell – Westlawn, Misty Turner – Westwood, Alicia Bynum – Walker and Kathy Perkins – Verner.
The Fall Grant Recipients front row: Kevin Croom of the Croom Foundation, Amy Echols and Exa Skinner of Kentuck, Pam Jones of Tuscaloosa Safe Center, Rhonda McDavid of Camp Seale Harris, Judy Watkins with Heritage Learning Center, and Roland Lewis of the Boy Scouts. Back row is Debbie Glass of Arts and Autism, Becci Hauser of Eagles Wings, and Carla Harris of Junior Achievement.
Samantha Jones of Tuscaloosa County High School is the 2019 recipient of the Pat Faucett Scholarship. The scholarship is for $6,000 per year for up to 4 years. Samantha is shown with Glenn Taylor and Sam Faucett.
The Will Bright Foundation and Restoration Springs is one of many good works in West Alabama. It is located in Fayette and under the oversight of resident manager Mike Emmanuel. Glenn is picture with Mike at the recent Southeast Fiddle Championship in Fayette.
The Community Foundation of West Alabama has issued a grant of $10,000 from its Disaster Recovery Fund to the East Alabama Community Foundation to help with the recovery efforts in Lee County. “Tuscaloosa remembers all too well the storms of April 2011,” commented Glenn Taylor, President of the CFWA. “When that tornado ravaged our community, our peer institutions from around the country rallied to our aid. This is the least we can do to help our friends in Lee County.”
Glenn, Mary Bess, Cynthia, and Claude met to discuss the grant.
Glenn is pictured with former students from his days in education. Angie Fuller Morrison is a former student at Tuscaloosa County High School. Samantha Logan Harbin and Alicia Edmundson Bynum both graduated from Northside High School. They are all serving as teachers in our area.