By Gary Lloyd
A Clay-Chalkville High School graduate is one of 88 to be awarded a scholarship from the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation.
Kayla Harris, a Clay-Chalkville High School graduate, will attend UAB this fall.
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation awarded $66,000 in scholarships to employees or children of employees from Alabama Grocers Association member companies for the 2013-2014 academic year. These included 64 AGEF-funded scholarships, 18 piggyback scholarships and six memorial scholarships.
“We are honored to be supporting the continuing education efforts of Alabama’s youth,” said Ellie Smotherman Taylor, president of AGEF. “We can think of no better investment.”
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation recognizes and aids students who are related to Alabama’s food industry by virtue of their parents’ employment or their own part-time employment by firms that are members of the Alabama Grocers Association. The scholarship program demonstrates the association’s interest in the growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow by providing financial assistance to deserving students. This year the foundation received more than 200 applications.
“We are thankful to our members and other supporters of the Alabama Grocers Association,” said Jay Mitchell of Mitchell Grocery Corporation and chairman of AGEF’s Board of Trustees. “Over the years, their donations have made these scholarships possible, impacting the lives of hundreds of young people.”
Scholarships are awarded by an impartial committee of educators and are based on community involvement and academic achievements. Funds are raised from three annual golf events, a silent auction and the generosity of supporters, members and friends of the Alabama Grocers Association. Since the inception of the AGEF, the program has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships.
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