The Elmore County Chapter has awarded over $83,515 in scholarship money to 58 students since 2015. The chapter began in the fall of 1985 by awarding $500 each year to nine entering freshman for a total of $4,500. In 1991, under the leadership of Art Bolin, fund-raising for our first endowed scholarship began. Since 1992, the Elmore County Chapter Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to 22 students for a total of $27,881. During the Presidency of Joyce Bolin in 1993, the chapter established the Joe A. Macon, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship in memory of Judge Joe and Helen Macon’s son, an Alabama graduate and an attorney in Elmore County, who lost his battle with cancer. Since that time, we have awarded 19 more Elmore County students a total of $25,634. To honor the memory of Loryn Alexandria Brown, who was tragically killed in the tornado that roared through Tuscaloosa on April 21, 2011, the Loryn Alexandria Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2012 by Ashley and DeWayne Mims and Shannon Brown. Since 2015, 15 outstanding freshman students have been awarded a total of $24,000. A second scholarship for Loryn Brown is in the fundraising process.
After their first scholarship honoring Loryn’s memory reached over $100,000 in the corpus amount, Loryn’s family wanted to reach out to even more deserving Elmore County students who wish to pursue their dreams of attending The University of Alabama, by establishing the Loryn “Lo” Brown Endowed Scholarship.
Beginning in 2016, the chapter has a fourth endowed scholarship to award to Elmore County students, the Karla Rogers Quinn Endowed Scholarship. As a 1969 graduate of The University of Alabama, a retired high school teacher, a long time member of the NAA and the Elmore County BAMA Chapter, Karla and her husband, James (UA 1970) Quinn, have established a scholarship for entering freshman from Elmore county to follow their dreams of attending the Capstone of Knowledge. This year the first scholarship was awarded in the amount of $1,500.
BUT WE ARE NOT DONE YET! We need your help to insure we continue to award more deserving Elmore County students scholarships. With annual donations to our existing local scholarship funds, along with the matching license tag program, we hope to accomplish our goals and continue to give more students more money each year. The chapter has a new scholarship that needs your help to reach the $25,000 endowment level by June 2017.
HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE ELMORE COUNTY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS?
The easiest way to contribute is to go the the NAA secured on-line website http://alumni.ua.edu/scholarships/contribute-to-alumni-chapter-scholarship/ , find the link “Contribute to an Alumni Chapter Scholarship” and scroll to the Elmore County Chapter (this is the fund name), click on the scholarship to which you would like to contribute, then complete and submit the giving information. You will be able to print a receipt that can be used for tax purposes. Another way to contribute is to write a check to the Alumni Fund putting the name of the scholarship on the memo line and mail to the NAA Endowed Scholarship program, PO Box 861928, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017.
We encourage you to give to any or all of our local scholarships so the chapter scholarships will benefit from the matching tag money that the National Alumni Association awards to scholarships that have had donations made to them annually by June 15.