Young Leaders give scholarships

July 1, 2016 chris
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By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Young Leader Society recently awarded scholarships to four
graduating seniors.

Three of the recipients received $1,000 awards and one received a
technical scholarship of $750.

Madison Abernathy of Gadsden City High School, Elizabeth Fulenwider of
Glencoe High School ans Haleigh Glover of Gadsden City High School
received $1,000 each. Young Leader Society partnered with Maraella
Winery, Learning Systems Technology and Modern Woodmen of America to
provide  the three $1,000 scholarships.

Zachary Stewart of Glencoe High School was awarded the technical
scholarship of $750.

“This is the first year that we have been able to offer this,” said
Jessica Brown of United Way.

The new technical scholarship was made possible through the Young
Leader Society’s partnership with Alabama Power Company.

“We would not be able to do this without help from these companies,” said Brown.

The four award winners were chosen from 36 applications by a committee
that looked for students who performed well in school, demonstrated
leadership and were involved in community service projects.

The Young Leaders Society has been providing scholaships to students
for four years. The first scholarship opportunity was for $500 for one
lucky student. The scholarship program has continued to grow every
year.

The Young Leader Society was begun by United Way in 2011 to promote
philanthropy among young professionals. The society currently has
about 40 members aged from 21 to 45 years.

Two of United Way’s partner programs also recently received grants
from The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama of Anniston. The
foundation granted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama and
Mental Health America of Etowah County $5,000 each.